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Syriac Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela

Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela (Syriac)

Exarchatus Apostolicus pro fidelibus ritus Antiocheni Syrorum in Venetiola
Ecclesiastical provinceImmediately Subject to the Holy See
- Catholics
(as of 2009)
DenominationSyriac Catholic Church
RiteWest Syriac Rite
Established22 June 2001 (18 years ago)
CathedralCatedral Nuestra Señora de La Asunción
Current leadership
ExarchTimoteo Hikmat Beylouni
Bishops emeritusIwannis Louis Awad

The Syriac Catholic Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela is an exarchate (missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction) of the Syriac Catholic Church, a Patriarchal Eastern Catholic church in communion with other Catholic Churches which uses the Antiochian Rite in Syriac language.

The exarchate encompasses the Andean and Amazonian country of Venezuela.

It is exempt, i.e. directly dependent on the Holy See (notably the Roman Congregation for the Oriental Churches), not part of any ecclesiastical province.

Its cathedral episcopal see is the Catedral siria Nuestra Señora de La Asunción (dedicated to the Assumption of Mary), in Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela.


Pope John Paul II established the Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela for Syriac Catholics on 22 June 2001.[1][2]


  • Denys Antoine Chahda (28 June 2001 – 13 September 2001), later Archeparch (Archbishop) of Aleppo of the Syriacs (Syria) (2001.09.13 – ...)
  • Iwannis Louis Awad (17 May 2003 – retired 1 March 2011), emeritate as Titular Bishop of Zeugma in Syria (2003.05.17 – ...)
  • Timoteo Hikmat Beylouni (1 March 2011 – ...), Titular Bishop of Sabrata (2011.03.01 – ...)

See also


  1. ^ "Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela (Syrian)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-04-19.[self-published source]
  2. ^ "Syrian Apostolic Exarchate of Venezuela". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-04-19.

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