Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Repose of Metropolitan Elia (Saliba) of Hama

According to an-Nahar, the Patriarchate of Antioch has announced that Metropolitan Elia (Saliba) of Hama fell asleep in the Lord this morning, Saturday April 1.

Christ is risen!

Indeed He is risen!

Further information from the Facebook page of the Archdiocese of Argentina:

On Thursday, March 30 His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch named auxiliary bishop Nicholas Baalbaki as patriarchal auxiliary vicar to the Archbishop of Hama and its Dependencies, His Eminence Metropolitan Elia (Saliba) on account of the latter's grave health situation and the state of emergency that the archdiocese is going through due to military activity throughout the province of Hama [a recent al-Qaeda-led offensive reached the outskirts of Mhardeh before being repelled], which caused several families to leave for more secure locations last weekend. Bishop Nicholas was a doctor prior to consecrating himself to the service of the Lord. As a bishop, he was director of the Patriarchal Hospital of el-Hosn before becoming president of the first-degree spiritual court of the Archdiocese of Damascus. Let us pray for both bishops and for the people of this province!

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