SYRIA / IRAQ ꟷ The Synod of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch, which took place at the Monastery of Our Lady of Deliverance-Al-Shorfa in Lebanon, has elected two archbishops, one for the diocese of Mosul and its dependencies, and one for the diocese of Homth (Homs), Hemto (Hama), Al-Nabek and its dependencies. A press statement said that Pope Francis has confirmed the elections on January 7.
Priest Younan Hanno (40) will be ordained archbishop of the diocese of Mosul with seat in his hometown Baghdeda (Qaraqosh), Iraq. Monk Jacob Murad (54) will be ordained an take residence in the Mar Musa al-Habashi in Nabek, Syria. The new archbishops will be ordained by Patriarch Mar Ignatius Youssef III Younan in February at the Church of the Great Immaculate in Baghdeda, Iraq, and in March in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Homth.