Biography:Rami Elias

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Rami Elias
الأب رامي الياس اليسوعي
Lattakia, Syria
NationalitySyrian Arab
EducationPhilosophy, Theology and Psychoanalysis
Alma materMaster of Philosophy from Centre Sèvres
OccupationPriest & Psychotherapist
OrganizationJesuit Order
TelevisionLive with Father Rami Elias

Father Rami Elias (Arabic: رامي الياس) is a Syrian Jesuit priest specialized in psychoanalysis.


Father Rami Elias taught Philosophy, Theology and Psychoanalysis for ten years at Centre Sèvres in Paris, France . He has been practicing Psychotherapy in Syria since 1985. He was appointed in charge of Jesuit scholars in the Middle East region, and teaches and lectures priests and nuns in Syria and Lebanon.[1] Elias is also responsible for the Catholic Christian Education Committee, and supervises the Catholic Church educational centres in Greater Damascus.[2] He participated in the founding of the ‘Christian Theological Institute for Laity’ in Syria[3] and launched with some lay people the ‘Joint Qualification’ project providing proper preparation to Church leaders in Damascus. He also contributed to the development of the official Christian education curriculum in Syria. In addition, he supervised the preparation of the ‘Syrian Christian Youth’ encounter with Pope John Paul II during his visit to Syria in May 2001.[4]

Being a psychotherapist, Father Rami Elias participated in the organization of weekly psychodrama sessions in Damascus at the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011 which aimed to create an open space for people from different tendencies and faiths to meet and express their fear.[5][6][7] However, these sessions were terminated after the arrest of one of the organizers, which resulted in people being afraid and refraining from participating.[8][9]

Father Rami Elias is a member of the Catholic Synod in Syria founded by both the clergy and lay people, working towards reconsidering the Church doctrine and its religious discourse, in coordination with the Episcopal Council and the Eastern Catholic Synod in Rome.

He founded the 'Watad' association in Syria providing educational scholarships to students, psychological support to older people living alone, and vocational training courses for youth from all denominations looking for work opportunities.[10]


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Book: Who is God?

Original Title: من هو الله؟

Language: Arabic

Category: Religion

Publisher: Dar Al-Mashreq دار المشرق


ISBN-13: 9782721452054

Who is God?
Book: Go to the land I am showing you

Original Title: انطلق نحو الأرض التي أريك

Language: Arabic

Category: Religion

Publisher: Petites Soeurs de Jésus أخوات يسوع الصغيرات


ISBN-13: 1000000146547

Go to the land I am showing you
Book co-authored with Nader Michel : Dad gave me everything – Reflections on fathers and children

Original Title: أبي أعطاني كل شيء - تأمل في الأبوة والبنوة

Language: Arabic

Publisher: Dar Al-Mashreq دار المشرق


ISBN-13: 9782721454195

Dad gave me everything
Book co-authored with several writers: Cloning - between Science, Philosophy and Religion

Original Title: الاستنساخ بين العلم والفلسفة والدين

Language: Arabic

Category: Ethics

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  1. "مركز التربية الدينية" (in ar). 
  2. الياس, رامي. "مَنْ هُوَ الله؟" (in ar). 
  3. رستم, مصطفى (16 May 2019). "كلية لاهوت في دمشق صرح أكاديمي أم رد على التطرف؟" (in ar). 
  4. "Alkalimeh" (in ar). 
  5. "Divisés sur l'avenir de leur pays, les Syriens ont en commun la peur" (in fr). 
  6. Trouiller, Natalia (7 September 2021). "Printemps arabe" (in fr). 
  7. "A Damas pour exorciser la peur" (in fr). January 2012. 
  8. "رفاه ناشد ومعتقلات الخوف" (in ar). 
  9. "Les gens pensent en blanc et noir" (in fr). 
  10. Di Franco, David (2 October 2019). "Association Watad: pour remettre les Syriens debout" (in fr). 

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