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Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan, I.P.C.B. (Armenian: Գրիգոր Պետրոս Ի. Կապրոյեան also known in English as Gregory Peter XX Gabroyan and in French as Grégoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan born in Aleppo, Syria on 14 November 1934) is the Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenian Catholic Church after his election on 24 July 2015 and the necessary concession of the ecclesiastical full communion by Pope Francis one day later.[1] He was officially enthroned on 9 August 2015.


Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan

Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia
Native name
Գրիգոր Պետրոս Ի. Կապրոյեան
(Krikor Bedros XX Ghabroyan)
ChurchArmenian Catholic Church
SeeArmenian Catholic Patriarchate of Cilicia
Elected24 July 2015
PredecessorNerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
Other postsArmenian Catholic Bishop of France
Orders
Ordination28 March 1959
Consecration13 February 1977
by Hemaiag Bedros XVII Ghedighian
Personal details
Birth nameԳրիգոր Կապրոյեան
(Krikor Gabroyan)
Born (1934-11-14) 14 November 1934 (age 84)
Aleppo, Syria
DenominationArmenian Catholic
ResidenceLebanon
Previous post
  • Armenian Catholic Bishop of France (1977-2013)
EducationArmenian Pontifical College
Pontifical Gregorian University
Styles of
Krikor Bedros XX
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Reference styleHis Beatitude
Spoken styleYour Beatitude
Religious styleCatholicos

BiographyEdit

Gabroyan felt a vocation for the priesthood and studied at Bzommar Patriarchal Monastery continuing at the Collège des frères maristes de Jounieh (Lebanon). He was sent to Italy to continue his higher studies at the Armenian Leonine Pontifical College in Rome and graduate studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Upon successful graduation, he returned to Lebanon and was ordained priest on 28 March 1959.

Gabroyan became an instructor in Bzommar Monastery School in 1960 and from 1962 to 1996 served as principal of the Armenian Catholic Mesrobian Secondary School in Bourj Hammoud and from 1969 to 1975 as head of the Bzommar Convent School and secretary to the Convent's executive council.

In 1976, he was appointed for serving the Armenian Catholics in France and was ordained as bishop on 13 February 1977 on the hand of Armenian Catholic Catholicos-Patriarch Hemaiag Bedros XVII Ghedighian serving as Apostolic Exarch in France from 1977 to 1986 and as Primate and Armenian Catholic Eparch and Bishop of France at the Éparchie Sainte-Croix-de-Paris des Arméniens, from 1986 to April 2013 date of his retirement from his duties.

Upon the death of Armenian Catholic Patriarch Catholicos of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni on 25 June 2015, he served as administrator of the Church until election of a new Patriarch.[2] The Armenian Catholic Holy Synod of Bishops convened starting 14 July 2015 and elected Gabroyan as Catholicos-Patriarch on 24 July 2015 under the name of Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan.[1]

He was officially enthroned on 9 August 2015 in Bzommar, Lebanon.[3][4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Concessione della "Ecclesiastica Communio" al nuovo Patriarca di Cilicia degli Armeni, Sua Beatitudine Grégoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan" (in Italian and French). Holy See Press Office. July 25, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the Occasion of the Funeral for His Beatitude Nersès Bédros XIX Tarmouni, Patrairch of Cilicia for Armenians". Holy See Press Office. June 27, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ամենապատիւ Տէր Գրիգոր Պետրոս Ի. Կաթողիկոս Պատրիարք Տանն Կիլիկիոյ Կաթողիկէ Հայոց" (in Armenian). Armenian Catholic Church. Archived from the original on August 14, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Cerimonia intronizzazione del Patriarca armeno cattolico Radio Vaticana. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Nigoghayos Kehiayan
Armenian Catholic Bishop of France
1977–2013
Succeeded by
Jean Teyrouz
Preceded by
Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
Patriarch Catholicos of Cilicia
2015–present
Incumbent