Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Saint Charbel in Buenos Aires
Maronite Catholic Eparchy of San Charbel in Buenos Aires (Spanish: Eparquía de San Charbel en Buenos Aires; Latin: Eparchia Sancti Sarbelii Bonaërensis Maronitarum) is an eparchy (Eastern Catholic diocese) in the Maronite Catholic Church sui iuris (Antiochian Rite) covering Argentina (South America).
Eparchy of San Charbel in Buenos Aires (Maronite)
Eparchia Sancti Sarbelii Bonaërensis Maronitarum
Eparquía de San Charbel en Buenos Aires
|Ecclesiastical province||Buenos Aires|
|(as of 2010)|
|Sui iuris church||Maronite Church|
|Rite||West Syro-Antiochene Rite|
|Established||5 October 1990 (29 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Saint Maron in Buenos Aires|
|Patron saint||St Charbel Makhluf|
|Patriarch||Bechara Boutros al-Rahi|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Mario Aurelio Poli|
|Bishops emeritus||Charbel Georges Merhi|
|Website of the Eparchy|
It has a cathedral episcopal see, the Catedral San Marón, located in the national capital Buenos Aires. In 2010 there were 750,000 members. It is governed by Habib Chamieh, Mariamite Maronite Order.
The Eparchy of San Charbel was established by Pope John Paul II on 5 October 1990, on territory previously without proper ordinary of the particular church. It is named after its patron saint, Charbel Makhluf.
Territory and statisticsEdit
The jurisdiction of the eparchy extends to all Maronite Catholic faithful living in Argentina. Its eparchial seat is the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, where is located the Saint Maron Cathedral.
It is not exempt, nor a hierarchical part of the Maronite patriarchal ecclesiastical structure, but a suffragan see in the Ecclesiastical province of the Roman Rite Metropolitan Archdiocese of Buenos Aires in Argentina, like its Ukrainian Catholic counterpart, the Eparchy Santa María del Patrocinio en Buenos Aires.
The Christians of this diocese are mostly emigrants and are originally from Lebanon. Their naming is originated from Saint Maron the founder of the Maronite Church. The Eparchy of Saint Charbel of Buenos Aires counted some 750,000 Lebanese Maronite Catholics of prevalent Arab Christian origin in 2010 and there were four parishes.
- Eparchs of San Charbel of Buenos Aires
- Charbel Georges Merhi, Congregation of the Lebanese Maronite Missionaries (M.L.M.) (5 October 1990 – 17 April 2013)
- Habib Chamieh, Mariamite Maronite Order (O.M.M., Aleppians) (22 November 2019 – present)
- Apostolic Administrator from 17 April 2013 to 22 November 2019
- Additional sources
- Ecclesiastical Guide of Argentina (AICA), Catholic Argentina Agency.
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