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Metropolitan Esper named interim patriarch

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Dec-08/197697-metropolitan-esper-named-interim-patriarch.ashx#axzz2EQBjrqzO Metropolitan Esper named interim
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 8, 2012
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      Metropolitan Esper named interim patriarch
      December 08, 2012 01:15 AM
      The Daily Star

      Read more:
      http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Dec-08/197697-metropolitan-esper-named-interim-patriarch.ashx#ixzz2EVF4q7CY
      (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

      BEIRUT: Metropolitan Saba Esper was elected Friday as temporary
      successor to the late Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim.

      The appointment came during a meeting at Balamand monastery in Koura,
      North Lebanon. Esper currently serves as the metropolitan of three
      southern provinces of Syria: Hawran, Jabal al-Arab and the Golan.

      Hazim, who was born in the Syrian town of Maharde in Hama Province, died
      Wednesday at a Beirut hospital, one day after suffering a stroke. He was 92.

      He served as the head of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and
      Antioch for 33 years.

      Hazim’s funeral will be held Sunday at noon at St. Nicolas Church in
      Ashrafieh, Beirut.

      Prime Minister Najib Mikati declared Sunday an official day of mourning
      over the patriarch’s death.

      Lebanese leaders have described Hazim’s death as a loss for Lebanon and
      the region and praised his role as a religious leader who believed in
      the principle of coexistence.


      A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily
      Star on December 08, 2012, on page 3.

      Read more:
      http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Dec-08/197697-metropolitan-esper-named-interim-patriarch.ashx#ixzz2EVFBokBl
      (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
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