Hello to all!
I recently interviewed His Beatitude Ignatius Joseph III, who was in Portugal for a pilgrimage to Fátima.
His Beatitude doesn't beat around the bush, so the interview was very interesting. He speaks frankly about the situation in Syria, blaming the West and lauding Russian intervention; defends the creation of a safe zone for Christians and other minorities in Iraq; defends the existance of armed protection groups for Christians (avoiding the term Militia); and expresses his closeness to the Armenians, thanking Pope Francis for his recent trip to the country.
Right at the end the Patriarch also says that Rome's respect for Patriarchal authority still has room for improvement.
I am happy to share with you the full transcript, in the original English. Full transcript of interview with Syriac Catholic Patriarch