Prairie Messenger Header

Canadian News

Pope establishes Syriac Catholic exarchate in Canada

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis erected an apostolic exarchate for Syriac Catholics living in Canada.

The exarchate, a church jurisdiction similar to a diocese established for Eastern or Orthodox Christians living outside their native land, will have its seat in Montreal, the Vatican announced Jan. 7.

The Vatican said the exarchate will be made up of territory in Canada that was once part of the Newark, New Jersey-based Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance for Syriac Catholics. It will include cities such as Ottawa and Mississauga, Ont.; and Laval, Que.

Pope Francis also named Rev. Antoine Nassif as the first apostolic exarch of the new jurisdiction. Born in Beirut in 1969, Nassif worked in two parishes in Lebanon before serving as rector of the patriarchal seminary in Charfet, Lebanon.

Diocesan News
Canadian News
International News