JERUSALEM—Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian, the current Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, was elected the 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem after a two-day Conclave.
Manoogian was elected with 17 votes, while another cleric, Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, who was serving as interim Patriarch, received 15 votes
Manoogian, was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1948 and was ordained in Jerusalem in 1971.
The new patriarch will lead the small Armenian Orthodox communities in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, as well as take responsibility for parts of holy sites including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
His election must be approved by Israel and the Jordanian king.
Manoogian ascends to the throne of St James, as the Jerusalem Patriarchate is known, at one of the most crucial interludes in the chronicles of Jerusalem, the immortal, walled city that is surrounded by the treacherous moat of political machinations, tenuous security and economic uncertainty.
The new Patriarch replaces Archbishop Torkom Manoogian (no relation) who passed away in October.