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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Syria Ignatius IV dies

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
     [I first read the news on Sedmitza.ru] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20606451 5 December 2012 Last updated at 07:51 ET Greek Orthodox Patriarch
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      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20606451

      5 December 2012 Last updated at 07:51 ET
      Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Syria Ignatius IV dies
      Patriarch Ignatius was born in
      1920 in the village of Murhada, near the city of Hama
       
      The Greek Orthodox patriarch of
      Syria, Ignatius IV (Hazim), has died in neighbouring Lebanon at the age of
      92.
      Syria's state news agency, Sana, reported that Patriarch Ignatius died in
      Beirut's St George's hospital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke.
      His remains would be brought from Lebanon to Syria for burial, it added.
      Ignatius had led the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East,
      the largest Arab Christian Church in the Middle East, since 1979.
      There are believed to be about a million members, the majority of whom are
      Syrians.
      The Church is one of 14 autocephalous (ecclesiastically independent) Eastern
      Orthodox patriarchates, third in honorific rank after the churches of
      Constantinople and Alexandria.
      Since the 14th Century, the patriarch has resided in Damascus.
      Patriarch Ignatius was born in 1920 in the village of Murhada, near Hama.
      In 1961, he was ordained Bishop of Palmyra, in central Syria. Nine years
      later, he became Metropolitan of Latakia, on the Mediterranean coast.
      Syria's minority Christian community has not joined the revolt against
      President Bashar al-Assad. Many Christians are fearful for their future if the
      country's majority Sunni Muslim community chooses an Islamist leadership to
      replace decades of secular rule.

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