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Patriarch / Batriyark  Gregorios IIIHis Beatitude, Gregorios III, 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 (Patriarcat Grec Melkite Catholique) Biography

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His Beatitude, Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Of Alexandria and Jerusalem was born as Lutfi Laham on Dec. 15, 1933 in Daraya, Syria, near Damascus.
Lutfi Laham entered the Monastery of the Holy Savior in Lebanon in 1943 and made perpetual vows in 1954. He received his baccalaureate degree in Lebanon before finishing his studies in Rome. He was ordained on February 15, 1959.
In 1961, Rev. Father Lutfi Laham was granted a PhD in Oriental Theology from the Oriental Institute in Rome. He taught at Holy Savior and at the University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik.
In 1974, when Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, was arrested by Israeli authorities, Rev. Father Lutfi Laham became Patriarchal Administrator. He was appointed Archbishop of Damascus on Sept. 9, 1981. He was consecrated bishop on Nov. 27, 1981 by His 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, with Archbishops Saba Youakim and Francis Abou-Mokh.
Rev. Father Lutfi Laham was appointed Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem and Titular Archbishop of Tarsus.
His Beatitude, Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Of Alexandria and Jerusalem speaks Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin. His many publications include Al-Wahadat Quarterly (1962-1981); four volumes of liturgical prayers in Arabic; Introduction to Spiritual Life in the Byzantine Rite (in Arabic, 1990); and The Voice of the Shepherd (Arabic sermons).

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