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The Syrian Catholic Church

A diocese for Syrian Catholics in the United States and Canada, Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark, was founded in 1995. It is headed by Bishop Yousif Habash (317 Avenue E, Bayonne, NJ 07002). The diocese includes 11 parishes and missions in the United States, and three in Canada. Msgr. Michael Berbari is Patriarchal Vicar of Australia and New Zealand (60 Kingsland Road, Beralla 2141).

In a letter to him dated January 25, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Syrian Patriarch Ignatius Peter VIII, who had been in office since 2001. The Pope acknowledged that the Patriarch had resigned because of his “concern for the spiritual progress of the faithful and for harmony among bishops.” At a meeting that took place in Rome from January 18 to 20, 2009, the Syrian Catholic bishops elected Bishop Joseph Younan of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark, USA, as the new Patriarch.

Location: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, diaspora
Head: Ignatius Joseph III Younan (born 1944, elected 2009)
Title: Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians
Residence Beirut, Lebanon
Membership: 208,000

Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015

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