VATICAN CITY, 1 MAR 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father gave his consent to the following canonical elections made by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Syrian-Catholic Church:
- Fr. Bouros Moshe, "protosincellus" (vicar general) of the archieparchy of Mossul of the Syrians, Iraq, as archbishop of Mossul of the Syrians (Catholics 35,000, priests 36, religious 55). The archbishop-elect was born in Qaraqosh, Iraq in 1943 and ordained a priest in 1968. He succeeds Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa, who has been transferred to the Syrian-Catholic Patriarchal Curia in accordance with canon 85 paras. 3 and 4 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
- Fr. Yousif Abba, chancellor of the Syrian-Catholic eparchy of the United States of America and Canada, as archbishop of Baghdad of the Syrians (Catholics 18,000, priests 7) Iraq. The bishop-elect was born in Qaraqosh, Iraq in 1951 and ordained a priest in 1978. He succeeds Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka, who resigned from the pastoral care of the same archieparchy, in accordance with canon 210 paras. 1 and2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
- Fr. Jihad Battah, "protosincellus" (vicar general) of the archieparchy of Damascus of the Syrians, Syria, as bishop of the Syrian-Catholic Patriarchal Curia. The bishop-elect was born in Damascus in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1991.
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