I've translated John X's words of welcome to Ephrem II here: http://araborthodoxy.blogspot.com/2014/08/patriarch-john-xs-words-of-welcome-to.html
My brother, Your Holiness and Beatitude Patriarch Mar Ignatius Ephrem II Karim,
My brothers the bishops and priests,
People of the Syriac and Greek Church of Antioch who are one and great in their faith and ardent zeal,
Beloved and neighbors of Saint Ephrem,
My beloved who are gathered here under the shelter of Saint George the Victory-Bearer,
Going back to the early posts in this thread, particularly to the words of His Beatitude John, I'm reminded of a conversation that I had, back in the early to mid-90s, with then-Patriarch of the Melkites, His Beatitude Maximos V Hakim, of blessed memory, during one of his pastoral visits to the US. At the time, there were rumors and rumbling, among both EC and EO in the diaspora, about how much and what sorts of 'collaboration' were ongoing in the Middle East between and among Catholic and Orthodox Churches. I asked His Beatitude about the matter. He replied (the first two sentences and the final sentence are exact quotes, the remainder is an extremely close paraphrase that I scribbled down that evening and saved):
"To be a patriarch of Antioch is to belong to a very exclusive club. Each is responsible for those of his Church but, looking back, all are very aware of our common faith bloodlines and know that we cannot morally allow the children of our brothers to go physically, mentally, or spiritually un-nourished, real risks in our part of the world."
(paraphrasing) 'So, you see, it is easy for those who are without such worry in their lives to criticize what we quietly do to assure pastoral care to our divided peoples, but it is we members of this club whom God will hold accountable for having provided for His children. We meet often, quietly, some or all of us, to inquire after the needs of one another's brethren, to offer resources to one another's children, and to explore what we can collectively do to assure the survival of Christ's faith - which is our shared faith, no matter what differences remain unresolved.'
"Those who criticize us would do well to ask what they've done to nourish the bodies, minds, and souls of their spiritual cousins"