New Catholic Patriarch Elected

BZOMMAR–Lebanon–Bishop Nerses-Bedros Tarmouni XIX was elected the new leader of the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate during a synod which convened Friday at Bzommar Catholic Monastery in Lebanon.

Bishop is the leader of the Armenian Catholic community of Egypt.

Following the election of the patriarch–a Mass was said in celebration of the new patriarch–following which Bishop Tarmouni accepted congratulatory visits from religious leaders and lay delegate Jaques Choukadarian.

During a press conference following the religious ceremonies–the patriarch outlined his views on the advancement of the Armenian Catholic church for the new century. He expressed greetings to Lebanese President Gen. Emile Lahoud and pledged to continue the active role of the church in Lebanon.

Bishop Tarmouni explained that the Patriarchate is the Mother church of Armenian Catholics throughout the world–yet it also plays an important role in the spiritual life of all of Lebanon.

Turning his attention to the community–the newly-elected patriarch greeted the community in Armenia and called for a renewed spiritual reawakening.

The Synod convened on Oct. 1 and lasted through Oct. 8. The meeting was presided over by outgoing patriarch Hovaness Bedros XVIII and Patriarchal locum tenens Bishop Manuel Batakian.

Delegates representing Catholic communities from Europe–the Middle East–the US–South America–Armenia.

The new patriarchal enthronement is scheduled for Sunday–Oct. 24.

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