Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Melkites awaiting Roman approval to declare new Patriarch

(CWN) - The Synod of the Melkite Catholic Church convened on June 19 in Ain Traz, Lebanon, to choose a new Patriarch.

The resignation of Patriarch Gregory III Laham, who is 82 years old, was accepted by Pope Francis in June. After a day of prayer and reflection, the Melkite bishops will begin voting on June 20 to elect a successor. The new Patriarch will be announced after the vote received papal recognition.


  1. The Beirut, Lebanon, Daily Star reports on June 21st "Joseph Absi [Patriarchal Vicar for the Melkite Archeparchy of Damascus] elected Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church" - See more at: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/Jun-21/410401-joseph-absi-elected-patriarch-of-the-melkite-greek-catholic-church.ashx#sthash.Tc3dGlqN.dpuf

  2. Canon 76 - §1. By means of a synodal letter, the synod of bishops of the patriarchal Church notifies the Roman Pontiff as soon as possible about the canonical conduct of the election and enthronement and that the new patriarch made a profession of faith and the promise to exercise his office with fidelity in the presence of the synod according to the approved formulas. Synodal letters that an election took place are also to be sent to the patriarchs of the Eastern Churches.