On Wednesday, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Hazim of Antioch and all the East died at a Beirut hospital after suffering a stroke a day earlier. He was 91. Patriarch Ignatius was admitted to St George Hospital University Medical Centre in Achrafieh Tuesday after suffering a stroke. Hospital administrators said that they’d release a statement concerning the patriarch’s death later Wednesday. Born in Mhardeh in Hama Governorate in Syria in 1921, Ignatius came from an Arab Orthodox family and was attracted to the clergy from an early age. After finishing school in Hama, he moved to Beirut where he studied literature and started serving the Orthodox Church in Lebanon. Ignatius helped found the global Society of Orthodox Youth Organisations and he became a member of the Sacred Convention of Orthodox Patriarchs in 1961; in 1971, he was appointed Orthodox Metropolitan of Latakia. Ignatius became Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Antioch and all the East in 1979.
5 December 2012
The Daily Star: Lebanon News