Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan

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 (14 November 1934 – 25 May 2021) was 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 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
SeePatriarchate of Cilicia
Elected24 July 2015
Installed9 August 2015
Term ended25 May 2021
PredecessorNerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
SuccessorRaphaël Bedros XXI Minassian
Other post(s)Armenian Catholic Bishop of France
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
Aleppo, Syria
Died (aged 86)
Beirut, Lebanon
DenominationArmenian Catholic
Previous post(s)
  • 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


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

Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan died on 25 May 2021 and his death was announced by the Pontificio Collegio Armeno online.[5][6][7] On 29 May, Pope Francis issued a statement memorializing Gabroyan and imploring the intercession of St. Gregory of Narek, who was canonized in 2015.[8]

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  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.
  5. ^ Chahinian, Haig (25 May 2021). "Facebook update 25 May 2021". Pontificio Collegio Armeno. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  6. ^ ՄԱՀԱԶԴ (in Armenian)
  7. ^ "Leader of Armenian Catholic Church dies at age 86". Catholic News Agency. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  8. ^ Pope Francis (29 May 2021). "Message of the Holy Father for the funeral celebration of His Beatitude Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, 29.05.2021". Vatican City. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Nigoghayos Kehiayan
Armenian Catholic Bishop of France
Succeeded by
Jean Teyrouz
Preceded by
Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
Patriarch Catholicos of Cilicia
Succeeded by