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Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim


Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim Passes Away

DAMASCUS, Dec 05, 2012 – Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox died after he was admitted to Saint Georges Hospital in the Lebanese Capital, Beirut, after suffering from a stroke yesterday.

Ignatius was born in 1921 in the village of Mhardeh in the northern province Hama. He came from a pious Greek Orthodox family. After studying in Syria, he continued his university studies in Lebanon, getting a literature degree.

Then, he entered the service of the local Orthodox diocese, first by becoming an acolyte, then a deacon.

In 1845 he went to Paris where he graduated from the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute. Upon his return to the Eastern Mediterranean, he founded the University of Balamand in Lebanon where he served as a dean for several years.

While his native language was Arabic, Patriarch Hazim also spoke fluent English and French. He was one of the founders of the active Orthodox Youth Movement of Syria and Lebanon in 1942, through which he helped to organize and lead a renewal of Church life in the Patriarchate of Antioch.

In 1953, he helped to found Syndesmos, the world fellowship of Orthodox Youth and Theological Schools.

He was consecrated to the episcopacy in 1961 and elected Metropolitan of Lattakia in Syria in 1970.

Almost ten years later and exactly on July 2nd, 1979, he became the Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, the third ranking hierarch of the Orthodox Church after the Patriarchs of Constantipole and Alexandria.

The late Patriarch was known for his patriotic stances and his support and love to the homeland, Syria.

Body of Late Patriarch to be Escorted to final Place next Monday in Damascus

Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East for Greek Orthodox announced that the body of the late Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim will be escorted to final resting place next Monday at the cemetery of the Patriarchate in Damascus.

In a statement, the Patriarchate said that the body of the Patriarch will be transformed from Beirut to Damascus on Sunday where his body will be shrouded at the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus for blessing.

it added that the body of the late Patriarch will be shrouded tomorrow at St. Nicolas Church in Beirut till Saturday for blessing.

R. Milhem / H. Said/ Mazen  SANA

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