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139th Patriarch of Antioch elected: The Church of England Newspaper, December 28, 2012 January 3, 2013

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His Beatitude Youhanna X

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Antioch has elected a new Patriarch, His Beatitude Youhanna X.

At a 17 Dec 2012 meeting at the Balamand Monastery in Lebanon, 18 hierarchs – metropolitans, archbishops and other church leaders – elected Metropolitan Youhanna Yaziji of Western and Central Europe to be the 139th Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch, Patriarch of the Great City of God Antioch, Cilicia, Iberia, Mesopotamia and All the East.

In a letter of congratulations to the new patriarch, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams offered his felicitations and stated it “has been a pleasure and honour to know you in our pastoral ministry in Western Europe, and your work here has increased the already great esteem and affection we feel towards the Patriarchate and its clergy and faithful.”

Dr. Williams wrote: “As you take up this dignity and burden, at a time of such trial for the faithful in Syria and the Middle East, we pray very earnestly that you will be strengthened and upheld by the prayers of all your holy predecessors.”

Born in 1966 in Latakia, Syria, Youhanna graduated from the St. John of Damascus Orthodox Theological Institute at the Balamand Monastery in 1978 and entered the Monastery of St Paul on Mount Athos.  Ordained deacon in 1979 and priest in 1983, Youhanna taught at Balamand before his election in 2008 as bishop of the Patriarchate of Antioch’s Diocese of Western and Central Europe, which includes Great Britain and Ireland.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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