17421Archbishop Manoogian elected Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem
- Jan 24, 2013http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/142660/Archbishop_Manoogian_elected_Armenian_Patriarch_of_Jerusalem
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