Melkite Greek Catholic Church

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Melkite Greek Catholic Church

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Cathedral of Our Lady of the Dormition

Type Antiochian
Classification Eastern Catholic
Orientation Melkite
Theology Catholic Theology
Polity Episcopal
Pope Francis
Primate Patriarch Youssef Absi
First autocephalous
Cyril VI Tanas
Region EgyptPalestineIsraelJordanLebanonSudanSyriaTurkeyIraqArgentina, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, United States, Venezuela and Sweden
Language Arabic, Greek
Diaspora: French, English, Portuguese, Spanish
Liturgy Byzantine Rite
Headquarters Cathedral of Our Lady of the DormitionDamascusSyria
Founder Apostles Peter and Paul, by Melkite tradition
Origin 1724, with tradition tracing its origin to the 1st-century Church of Antioch[1]
Branched from Church of Antioch
Members 1,568,239
Other name(s) Melkite Church
Melkite Greek Church
Melkite Catholic Church
Roum Catholic


The Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Arabic: كنيسة الروم الملكيين الكاثوليك‎, Kanīsat ar-Rūm al-Malakiyyīn al-KāṯūlīkGreek: Μελχιτική Ελληνική Καθολική Εκκλησία; LatinEcclesiae Graecae Melkitae Catholicae) or Melkite Byzantine Catholic Church, is an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See as part of the worldwide Catholic Church. It is headed by Patriarch Youssef Absi, headquartered in Cathedral of Our Lady of the DormitionDamascusSyria. The Melkites, Byzantine Rite Catholics, trace their history to the early Christians of Antioch, formerly part of Syria and now in Turkey, of the 1st century AD, where Christianity was introduced by Saint Peter.

The Melkite Church is related to the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. It is mainly centered in SyriaLebanonJordanIsrael and Palestine. Melkite Greek Catholics are present, however, throughout the world by migration due to persecution. Outside the Near East, the Melkite Church has also grown through intermarriage with, and the conversion of, people of various ethnic heritages as well as transritualism. At present there is a worldwide membership of approximately 1.6 million. While the Melkite Catholic Church's Byzantine rite liturgical traditions are shared with those of Eastern Orthodoxy, the church has officially been part of the Catholic Church since the reaffirmation of its union with the Holy See of Rome in 1724.

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