New Delhi: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has condoled the passing way of the Supreme Head of Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas.

In his message, he said, “I learnt with profound sadness the news of the passing away of His Holiness Moran Mar Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas. He was a great teacher and scholar.”

“His wisdom and compassion were a source of guidance and inspiration to his followers. I convey my sincere condolences to all his disciples and admirers,” Dr. Singh added.

Iwas, 80 died on Friday in Germany after a long illness.

Iwas’ official title was the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.

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