HOLY SEE: APPOINTED THE NEW ARCHBISHOP OF BAGHDAD OF THE ARMENIANS

Benedict XVI gave his consent to the canonical appointment by the Synod of the Bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church, gathered in Bzommar (Lebanon) from 4 to 13 September 2006, of mgr. Emmanuel Dabbaghian, the former Syncellus for Georgia of the Bishopric for the Armenians of Eastern Europe, as archbishop of Baghdad of the Armenians (Iraq). The news has been given today by the newsroom of the Holy See. The new archbishop was born on December 26th 1933 in Aleppo. After studying philosophy and theology at the Gregorian university, where he received a Bachelor’s degree, he was ordained priest on December 25th 1967 as a member of the Institute of the Patriarchal Clergy of Bzommar. He has taken several offices: director of the orphanage of Anjar (Lebanon), rector of the small seminaries of Bzommar and Aleppo, parish priest of the Armenian Catholic parish church of Bourj Hammoud in Beirut, then parish priest of the Armenian parish church of Skhvilisi, Georgia.

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