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Synodal Statement on Election of New Patriarch

His Beatitude Patriarch-Elect Youhanna X of Antioch and All the EastHis Beatitude Patriarch-Elect Youhanna X of Antioch and All the EastAn official press release from the Patriarchate of Antioch:
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بطريركية أنطاكية وسائر المشرق للروم الأرثوذكس
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch & all the East
Statement issued by the Holy Synod of Antioch

The extraordinary Session of the Holy Synod of the Holy See of Antioch was held at 10.00 on Monday, December 17th 2012, in the Monastery of Our Lady of Balamand, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Saba (Esber), locum tenens of the Patriarchate of Antioch, in order to elect the new Patriarch.

The Session was attended by Their Eminences the Fathers of the Synod: Spiridon (Khoury) of Zahle and Baalbek, Georges (Khodr) of Jbeil and Batroun and dependencies, John (Mansour) of Latakia, Elias (Audi) of Beirut, Elia (Saliba) of Hama, Elias (Kfoury) of Tyr, Sidon and Marjayoun, Antonios (Shedraoui) of Mexico, Sergios (Abad ) of Santiago (Chile), Damiskinos (Mansour) of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand, George (Abu Zakhem) of Homs, Paul (Yazigi) of Aleppo and Alexandretta, Silouan (Moussi) of Buenos Aires (Argentina), John (Yazigi) of Europe, Basilios (Mansour) of Akkar, Ephrem (Kyriakos) of Tripoli, Koura, and dependencies, and the Patriarchal Vicar, His Grace Bishop Ghattas (Hazim) and the Secretary of the Synod, Reverend Father George Dimas.

For health reasons, not attending the Synod were their Eminences Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) of New York and all of North America, and Metropolitan Constantine (Papastefano) of Baghdad and Kuwait.

After praying for the repose in peace of the thrice-memory late Patriarch Ignatius IV, and asking the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the nomination process took place. Afterwards, all the Fathers went to the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady where they prayed and proceeded to a secret ballot. After the votes were counted, the Holy Fathers proclaimed Metropolitan John (Yazigi) of Europe as successor of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul on the Holy See of Antioch. Hence, His Beatitude John X (Yazigi) is Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.

The Secretariat of the Patriarchate will announce the formal arrangements for the enthronement of the Patriarch and reception of the Pastoral staff.

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