Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela (Melkite Greek)
Exarchatus Apostolicus Caracensis Graecorum Melkitarum
|Ecclesiastical province||Immediately Subject to the Holy See|
|(as of 2010)|
|Sui iuris church||Melkite Greek Catholic Church|
|Established||19 February 1990 (30 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Catedral San Jorge|
|Bishops emeritus||Georges Kahhalé Zouhaïraty, B.A.|
Melkite (Greek) Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela (in Latin: Exarchatus Apostolicus Caracensis Graecorum Melkitarum, meaning - of Caracas) is an exarchate (missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction) of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, a Greek language Byzantine Rite Eastern Catholic church in communion with other Catholic Churches.
The Apostolic exarchate is exempt, i.e. directly subject to the Holy See (notably the Roman Congregation for the Oriental Churches), not part of any (Melkite or Roman Catholic) ecclesiastical province, and encompasses Venezuela.
The Exarch's cathedral see is the Cathedral of St. George, in the national capital city Caracas, which also has the see of the Latin Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caracas, Santiago de Venezuela.
The Apostolic Exarchate extends to all the faithful of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Venezuela.
The territory is divided into five parishes and had 25,000 Melkite Catholics in 2010.
In 1957 for the first time, a priest of the Society of the Missionaries of St. Paul, Gabriel Dick, took pastoral care of the Melkite community in the country.
Conform the Eastern tradition, ordinaries are generally monks, so far of the Basilian Aleppian Order (B.A.)