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Melkite Greek Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela

Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela (Melkite Greek)

Exarchatus Apostolicus Caracensis Graecorum Melkitarum
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately Subject to the Holy See
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
Sui iuris churchMelkite Greek Catholic Church
RiteByzantine Rite
Established19 February 1990 (30 years ago)
CathedralCatedral San Jorge[1]
Current leadership
PatriarchYoussef Absi
ExarchSede vacante
Bishops emeritusGeorges 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.

Territory and statistics

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.


Melkite Catholic Immigration in Venezuela, especially from Aleppo in Syria, dates back to the early decades of the twentieth century and intensified in particular between the two world wars.

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.

The Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela was erected on 19 February 1990 with the Papal Bull Quo longius[2] of Pope John Paul II.[3][4]

Incumbent Ordinaries

Conform the Eastern tradition, ordinaries are generally monks, so far of the Basilian Aleppian Order (B.A.)

See also


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  3. ^ "Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela (Melkite Greek)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-04-19.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "Greek-Melkite Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-04-19.

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