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Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Iraq

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Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Iraq

Patriarchal Exarchate of Iraq (Melkite Greek)
Country Iraq
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
Parishes 1
Denomination Melkite Greek Catholic Church
Rite Byzantine Rite
Established 1838
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Patriarch Gregory III Laham
Patriarchal Exarch Sede vacante

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Iraq[1] is a seat of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church immediately subject to the Patriarchate of Antioch of the Melkites. In 2010 there were 400 baptized. It is currently vacant.


  • Territory and statistics 1
  • History 2
  • Patriarchal Exarchs 3
  • References 4
  • External Links 5

Territory and statistics

The Exarchate extends its jurisdiction over the Melkite Greek Catholic faithful in Iraq.

There is only one parish, in Baghdad, in the church of San Giorgio, which opened on April 27 1962. In 2011 there were 400 Melkite Catholics belonging to the Patriarchal Exarchate.


From the second half of the eighteenth century began to settle in Iraq Melkite Christians, to whom the Latin missionaries or clergy of other Eastern churches assuring the religious service.

Patriarch Maximos III Mazloum established the patriarchal exarchate in Iraq on September 17, 1838.

The first Melkite-Greek Catholic priest to reside in Iraq was Father Macarios Andraos of Aleppo. He made use of the Syrian-Catholic church situated in the Akd en-Nassara district of Baghdad. At his death in 1886, he was succeeded by the Aleppine monk Romanos Kallab (1886-1926), who brought his parishioners together in the II Gulf War.

Since 2004 Patriarch Gregory III Laham, which has assumed direct responsibility for the Exarchate, trusted pastoral service in the parish of Baghdad to the Redemptorist Vincent Vossel.

Patriarchal Exarchs

  • Makarios Andraos (1838 - 1886)
  • Romanos Kallab (1886 - 1926)
  • Maximos Hakim (1926 - 1964)
  • Isaiah Dakkak (1964 - 1971)
  • Basilios Kanakry (1971 - 1978)
  • Laurent Fayçal, BS (1979 - 1985 resigned)
  • Nicholas Dagher (1986 - 1994 resigned)
  • Georges El-Murr, BC (1994 - 2004 resigned) (administrator)


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