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17421Archbishop Manoogian elected Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 24, 2013

      Archbishop Manoogian elected Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem
      January 24, 2013 - 14:00 AMT

      PanARMENIAN.Net - Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian, the current Grand
      Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has been elected
      97th Armenian Patriarch, gaining 18 out of 33 votes, in the second round
      of the solemn election that took place Thursday, Jan 24.

      Meeting in conclave, the members of the priestly Brotherhood of St
      James, have cast their crucial votes on Jan 23 in the first round of
      elections for a successor to the throne of the Armenian Patriarchate of

      The first day's voting has now narrowed down the field of contenders to
      5, with the current Grand Sacristan of the Patriarchate, Archbishop
      Nourhan Manoogian, in the lead with 21 votes in his favor.

      Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, the Patriarchate's Director of Ecumenical
      Affairs, and the second favorite, has receded down the list with 16 votes.

      But the Dioceses of the Armenian Church in South America seemed to have
      garnered a hefty chunk of voting confidence, putting in a strong
      performance with Archbishop Datev Gharibian, the Primate of the church
      in Brazil, a close second with 18 votes.

      Gharibian was born in 1937 in Aleppo, Syria's second largest city,
      ordained a priest in 1963 and elevated to the rank of bishop in 1984.

      The relatively younger Archbishop Kissag Mouradian, Primate of
      Argentina, and a compatriot of Gharibian, gained 15 votes. He was born
      in 1951, ordained at the age of 20, and consecrated bishop in 1990.

      The fifth nominee, with the same number of votes, was Archbishop Sevan
      Gharibian, who is in charge of the financial bureau of the Jerusalem