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 Patriarch   Maximos VHis Beatitude, the Regretted, Maximos V, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles Resignation

His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V retired on 22 November

From 22 November, 1967 until November 22, 2000, the Patriarchal Head of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church was His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Patriarch of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles. His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim retired on 22 November, the 33rd anniversary of his election. He was granted Communion by Pope Paul VI on November 26, 1967.

Letter of the Synod to Retired Patriarch Maximos V

The Bishops of the Melkite Synod accepted the retirement of Patriarch Maximos V and sent him this letter:

"To His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim, The Fathers of the Holy Synod meeting today at the Patriarchal Residence at Rabweh, beg your blessing and your prayer. They express to your Beatitude, their gratitude and their appreciation for your great efforts and your valuable endeavors to enhance our Church on all levels and to makke it grow spirituall, pastorally and physically, withiin the traditional area of the Patriarchate and in the Countries of Emigration.

Our Church owes you many memorable favors, which history will write in golden letters On its shining pages, and which your children will remember with great esteem and pride.

We implore long life for your Beatitude, and we ask for your good prayers and your paternal blessings, so that we can continue our journey with diligence and perseverance that you and your great predecessors traced for us in the past."

Partial text of letter Date: Thursday, November 23, 2000, From: Bishop John Elya, To:His Flock, Subject: Patriarchate Progress Report

I am pleased to send you the following progress report on the situation of the Melkite Patriarchate regarding the resignation of His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim, Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem. His Beatitude, 92 year old, bedridden since he had a stroke last February, presented his resignation to the Melkite Synod in a letter dated on October 17, signed by him and four witnesses.

After due consultation with His Holiness Pope John Paul II and the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, an exceptional Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church was held at the Patriarchal Residence, Rabweh, Lebanon on Wednesday, November 22, 2000. It was convened and presided by the Patriarchal Administrator, Archbishop John Haddad of Tyre.

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The following Press Release was issued by the Patriarchate in this regard {signed by the Most Rev. Archbishop Jean Mansour, the Patriarchal Adminiistrator} :

n 1 - The Holy Synod of the Bishops of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church held on November 22, accepted the resignation of His Beatitude, Maximos Hakim V, which he had presented to the Synod {by writing, signed by him and by four witnesses,} on October 17, 2000.

n On this occasion, the Fathers of the Synod addressed to His Beatitude, the following letter:

"To His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim, The Fathers of the Holy Synod meeting today at the Patriarchal Residence at Rabweh, beg your blessing and your prayer. They express to your Beatitude, their gratitude and their appreciation for your great efforts and your valuable endeavors to enhance our Church on all levels and to makke it grow spirituall, pastorally and physically, withiin the traditional area of the Patriarchate and in the Countries of Emigration.

Our Church owes you many memorable favors, which history will write in golden letters On its shining pages, and which your children will remember with great esteem and pride.

We implore long life for your Beatitude, and we ask for your good prayers and your paternal blessings, so that we can continue our journey with diligence and perseverance that you and your great predecessors traced for us in the past."

Holy Synod Will Consider Resignation, Election of Patriarch

His Beatitude, Maximos V, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria, and of Jerusalem since 22 November 1967, has submitted his resignation to the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Born on 18 May 1908 in Tanta, Egypt, His Beatitude, has been incapacitated by the effects of a stroke since early this year. In June, Metropolitan John Haddad, Archbishop of Tyre, has been Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchate. On 22 November, the 33rd anniversary of the election of Maximos V as Patriarch, the Synod will meet at the Patriarchate in Rabweh, Lebanon, to accept his resignation and to elect a new Patriarch. After his election, the new Patriarchate will send a letter announcing his election to the Pope in Rome. The Pope will respond with an acknowledgement of the election and a reaffirmation of the communion of the two Churches. Our Bishops John and Nicholas will fly to Lebanon today to participate in the meeting of the Synod. May God guide all our bishops to choose a wise, strong, and loving Father for our Church.

His Excellency, Bishop Nicholas Samra reports on the Synod of Melkite Bishops in Lebanon and His Beatitude, Maximos V

9/2000

His Excellency, Bishop Nicholas Samra recently wrote to all the clergy of the diocese after his return from the meeting of Synod of Melkite Bishops in Lebanon. "Our Synod," he wrote, "was held under the direction of Archbishop John Haddad, Metropolitan of Tyre and Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchate. His Beatitude, Maximos V is in very poor health-his life is between bed and a chair and he is unable to walk at all. He is aware, knew all of us, and spoke with each one, yet his medical team does not expect full recovery. He has 24-hour care by a professional staff; please keep him in your prayers and recommend him to the prayers of the faithful."

Pope Appoints Apostolic Administrator for Melkite Patriarchate

NOMINA DELL’AMMINISTRATORE APOSTOLICO "SEDE PLENA" DELLA CHIESA PATRIARCALE DI ANTIOCHIA DEI GRECO-MELKITI CATTOLICINOMINA DELL’AMMINISTRATORE APOSTOLICO "SEDE PLENA" DELLA CHIESA PATRIARCALE DI ANTIOCHIA DEI GRECO-MELKITI CATTOLICI

The text of this annoucement is below:

NOMINA DELL’AMMINISTRATORE APOSTOLICO "SEDE PLENA" DELLA CHIESA PATRIARCALE DI ANTIOCHIA DEI GRECO-MELKITI CATTOLICI

Giovanni Paolo II ha nominato Amministratore Apostolico "sede plena" della Chiesa Patriarcale di Antiochia dei Greco-Melkiti Cattolici S.E. Mons. Jean Assad Haddad, Arcivescovo Metropolita di Tyr dei Greco-Melkiti.

S.E. Mons. Jean Assad Haddad

S.E. Mons. Jean Assad Haddad è nato a Beit-Chabab, arcieparchia di Beirut dei Greco-Melkiti Cattolici, il 17 dicembre 1926. Ha compiuto gli studi di Filosofia e di Teologia nel Seminario Sainte-Anne di Gerusalemme. E’ stato ordinato sacerdote a Beirut il 2 luglio 1950.

Ha ricoperto diverse cariche pastorali in seno alla sua arcidiocesi: Direttore della scuola "N.D. du Perpétuel Secours"; parroco in varie località; assistente spirituale di associazioni cattoliche.

E’ stato altresì Parroco della chiesa "N.D. de l’Annonciation" a Beirut, Preside del Tribunale unificato di 1ª Istanza dei Greco-Melkiti nel Libano; Economo Generale e Vicario Generale dell’Arcieparchia di Beirut dei Greco-Melkiti Cattolici.

Il 29 ottobre 1988 è stato eletto Arcivescovo di Tyr dei Greco-Melkiti Cattolici e ordinato il 27 novembre dello stesso anno.

The date of the above annoucement is June 12, 2000.

Pope John Paul II has appointed Archbishop John Haddad, Metropolitan of Tyre, as Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchate

Our Patriarch Maximos V Hakim has been incapacitated since suffering a severe stroke in February. He has been unable to perform his functions or even to appoint an administrator or to resign. For this reason, Pope John Paul II has appointed Archbishop John Haddad, Metropolitan of Tyre, as Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchate, sede plena, which means that the patriarchal office is not vacant. Archbishop Haddad is 73 and has been Metropolitan of Tyre since 1988. Patriarch Maximos V, now 92 years old, was elected in 1967. The Melkite Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch is elected by the Holy Synod of Bishops and recognized by the Pope.

Patriarch Maximos V Health Update

2/27 Thank you for your prayers for Patriarch Maximos V. He has waken from the coma and is able to communicate by writing. He is weak and is unable to speak. Patriarch Maximos V has an iron will to serve God and his people.

Patriarch Maximos is in a coma

2/20 Please pray for Patriarch Maximos V. He is in a coma in Beruit, Lebanon.

Links

The Patriarchal Head of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V

His Beatitude, The Patriarch Maximos V Hakim Greek Melkite Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch and all the East and Alexandria and Jerusalem Patriarchal Head of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church

His Beatitude,  Patriarch Maximos V Hakim (on right) with His Beatitude,  Patriarch Grégoire (Gregory) III  (on left)
His Beatitude, Patriarch Maximos V Hakim (on right) with His Beatitude, Patriarch Grégoire (Gregory) III (on left)


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