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Early news from the Melkite Synod shows the eparch of Australia and New Zealand (Issam [John] Darwish) moving to take over the see of Zahlah (Zahle) in Lebanon, whose eparch (André Haddad) is retiring.

Changes also, it seems, in the dioceses of Tripoli and Beirut.

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Any updates on our eparchy?

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The Holy Synod of the Melkite-Greek Catholic Church of Antioch has elected Archbishop Cyril Bustros, Eparch of Newton, to the Metropolia of Beirut. It is further suggested that the terna with the names of his possible successor has been sent to Rome. Given the summer recess it doesn't seem likely that a successor will be named before next year.

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God grant him many years!

I am sure he will be glad to be back home.

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I had heard this early Wednesday. May Archbishop Cyril be blessed with many years as Metropolitan of Beirut.


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Many years!

Here is a report of the Synod meeting in Lebanon:

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Eis polla eti, Despota!

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Thank you very much for the news, Matta!

The hometown of my grandmother is Zahle. She was happy to have news about her eparchy and commented Msgr André Haddad was a great Bishop!

A question: why the Synod news take so long to arrive to us?

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I'm a bit sad for the Eparchy of Newton. They are loosing an excellent shepherd.

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Originally Posted by Thymiato
I'm a bit sad for the Eparchy of Newton. They are loosing an excellent shepherd.
Indeed. Any hints on who his successor might be?

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The decisions of the Holy Synod seem to be coming out in bits and pieces. I have looked on the net for more details but have found nothing so far.

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Alicia,

No guesses, I'm afraid. It would be great to have a US-born hierarch, but most of those whom I would think were once viable candidates seem unlikely now, due to age.

A few possibilities come to mind: Bishop Ibrahim (Ibrahim), BSO - Eparch of Saint Saviour (Canada) and former pastor of St Elias, Cleveland; Father Archimandrite Gabriel (Ghannoum), BSO - Patriarchal Exarch for Mexico and formerly pastor of St Jude, Miami; Father Archimandrite John (Farris), BSO - presently Superior General of the Basilian Salvatorians and formerly pastor of Virgin Mary, Brooklyn.

All 3 of those have the advantage of being familiar with the Eparchy.

Many years,

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Originally Posted by Pavel Ivanovich
The decisions of the Holy Synod seem to be coming out in bits and pieces. I have looked on the net for more details but have found nothing so far.

Paul,

Very true. The last few Synods have been notable for being reported in rather short order. This is notably not the case here.

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I just thought that if the proceedings are still happening then that explains things. Is the Synod over yet?

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Yes, it ended on the 26th, as best I recollect.

Many years,

Neil


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