Jerusalem Patriarch in Grave Health

Archbishop Torkom Manoogian

JERUSALEM—The Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, has been hospitalized since January 19 after suffering a stroke and by complications from pneumonia, reported the Patriarchate.

His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, has been hospitalized in Hadassah Ein Kerem since 19 January in almost unconscious condition as a consequence of a severe pneumonia and a brain stroke.

The 93 year old spiritual leader went into sudden cardiac arrest and while doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital were able to resuscitate him, they have not been able to bring him back to full consciousness despite medical treatment.

Archbishop Manoogian also suffers from Parkinson’s disease, hypertension among other ailments. Currently, doctors are continuing to drain his lungs.

The Holy Synod of the Jerusalem Patriarchate convened on January 30 and appointed the Grand Sacristan, Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, as Patriarchal Vicar to manage the daily affairs of the Patriarchate.
Members of St. James Brotherhood visit the ill patriarch on a regular basis. The Latin Patriarch, Archbishop Fouad Twal has also visited the archbishop and offered prayers.


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    • Rose Khazadian said:

      We pray for Archbishop , May God guide those who are taking care of him,to give the best care.
      May he be in comfort and not suffer ..

  1. shahan said:

    Let him rest in peace, Patriarch Torkom went through a lot of political and ecuminical disputes, may God help him and accept him soon enough in his arms.

  2. Ara Manoogian said:

    There is quite a bit of misinformation and I can say as someone who has been visiting Srpazan in his hospital room, the outlook that is painted in this article is not accurate. I understand that the Church has not been providing updated information, but can say as a witness that in the last 6 days that I’ve been with him, he is NOT in a deep coma, nor can I say that he had a brain stroke, as I have not read this in the medical report, this this is someones interpretation and not factual.

    The reality is that when you call to him, he opens his eyes and responds to questions with body language. He can’t talk right now due to a breathing tube, though that should be removed soon, possibly later today. His vital signs are stable. The latest medical report from 2 days ago in part reads: “We believer that a spontaneous and remarkable improvement happened in the last three days.”

    Please keep praying for him, as whatever you are asking for is being answered.

    Bottom line is that Srpazan has not given up the fight and we hope that in the the coming days will return to the home in the vank.