Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem and Amman

The Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem and Amman[1] (colloquially Jerusalem of the Armenians) is the missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction of the Armenian Catholic Church sui iuris (Eastern Catholic, Armenian Rite in Armenian language) in the Holy Land (Palestine/Israel) and (Trans)Jordan.

Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem and Amman (Armenian)
Location
CountryPalestine and Jordan
Statistics
Population
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2015)
500
Parishes2
Information
DenominationArmenian Catholic Church
RiteArmenian Rite
Established1991
CathedralChurch of Our Lady of Sorrows, Jerusalem
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
PatriarchRaphaël Bedros XXI Minassian, I.C.P.B
Patriarchal ExarchNerses Zabbara

It is directly dependent on the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia, not part of his or any ecclesiastical province.

Its Cathedral episcopal see is a World Heritage Site: the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Jerusalem.

AntecedentsEdit

Previously the area had the lower status of patriarchal vicariate within the Patriarch "of Cilicia"'s proper archdiocese (based in Beirut).

Patriarchal Vicars of Jerusalem
  • Monsignor Giovanni Gamasargan (1973 – 1978)
  • Father Joseph Chadarevian (1978 – 1986)
  • Father Joseph I. Debs (1986 – 1991 see below)

HistoryEdit

  • Established on 1 October 1991 as Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem.
  • In 1998 demoted as Territory Dependent on the Patriarch of Amman and Jerusalem, under the same Ordinary
  • Promoted back in 2001 as Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem and Amman

OrdinariesEdit

(all Armenian Rite)

Patriarchal Exarchs of Jerusalem
Protosyncellus of (Patriarchal Dependency) Amman and Jerusalem
  • André Bedoglouyan, I.C.P.B. (see above 1998 – retired 2001)
Patriarchal Exarchs of Jerusalem and Amman

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Coordinates: 31°46′48″N 35°13′57″E / 31.7800°N 35.2325°E / 31.7800; 35.2325