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Monday, 17 December 2012

Youhanna Yazigi Elected New Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East

00 Patriarch Youhanna Yazigi of Antioch. 17.12.12

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Syria’s state-run news agency says Youhanna Yazigi was elected as the First Hierarch of the Damascus-based Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East. He replaces Patriarch Ignatius Hazim, who died earlier this month. Youhanna, 57, is from the Syrian city of Latakia, where he established the city’s first Christian music school. He has training as a civil engineer. It’s estimated that the Church has over a million adherents in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon. Youhanna’s predecessor split his time between the two countries.

17 December 2012

Associated Press

As quoted in the Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2019922963_apmlsyriaorthodoxpatriarch.html?syndication=rss

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On Monday, Patriarch Youhanna Yazigi was elected as successor to the late Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Hazim, who died earlier this month. The election came during a closed meeting of 18 bishops at Balamand Monastery, some 85 kilometres (53 miles) north of Beirut. Speaking following his appointment, Youhanna said that he’d do his best to keep on serving the Church and asked the Lord to give him strength in doing so.

Ignatius, who was born in the Syrian town of Mhardeh, in Hama Governorate, passed away 5 December at the age of 92 in a Beirut hospital, a day after suffering a stroke. Youhanna, 57, hails from Latakia in Syria, where he pursued studies in civil engineering. Throughout his studies, John had a pivotal role in establishing several spiritual programmes and trained choirs in Byzantine music. In 1978, Youhanna earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Institute of St John Damascus Faculty of Theology at the University of Balamand. Then, he earned a doctorate in theology in 1983 from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Youhanna became a deacon in 1979 and a priest in 1983. In 1981, he took up teaching liturgy at the St John Damascus Faculty of Theology at Balamand University where he had previously studied, assuming the position of dean of the faculty from 1988-1991 and 2001-2005. He became the superior of the Balamand Monastery from 2001 to 2005. In 2008, he became the Antiochian Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe.

17 December 2012

The Daily Star: Lebanon News

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Dec-17/198818-new-orthodox-patriarch-elected.ashx#axzz2FM8X2oil

Friday, 7 December 2012

Patriarchal Locum Tenens Appointed in Antioch

00 patriarch ignatius hazim of antioch. 04.12.12

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On Friday, the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and all the East elected Metropolitan Saba Esper of Bosra as patriarchal locum tenens, after the death of Patriarch Ignatius Hazim. The election came during a Synod meeting at Balamand Monastery, some 85 kilometres (53 miles) north of Beirut. Ignatius, who was born in the Syrian town of Mhardeh in Hama Governorate, died Wednesday at a Beirut hospital, a day after suffering a stroke. He was 92. He served as the First Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East for 33 years. A Pannikhida for Ignatius will be Sunday at 12.00 at St Nicolas Church in Achrafieh. His body will be flown to his native village for burial. Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced that Sunday would be an official day of mourning for the patriarch’s death. Lebanese leaders described Ignatius’ death as a loss for Lebanon and the region; they praised his role as a religious leader who believed in the principle of coexistence.

7 December 2012

The Daily Star: Lebanon News

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Dec-07/197613-temporary-successor-to-hazim-appointed.ashx#axzz2EPvakDXC

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