Ignatius Elias III - Early Life

Early Life

The second son of Chorepiscopus Abraham and Maryam, he was born in Mardin and christened Nasri. He had four brothers and three sisters. After the death of his mother, Nasri was raised in the care of his elder sister Helena. He worked as a shoemaker in his teens and worked for the government for three months. At Patriarch Ignatius Peter IV's direction, Nasri joined the theological school in the name of the forty martyrs.

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