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Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Basra and the Gulf

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The Syrian (or Syriac) Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Basra, Iraq and the Gulf is an exarchate (Eastern Catholic missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction) of the Syrian Catholic Church sui iuris (Antiochian Rite in Syriac language) for southern Iraq and the Gulf states, notably Kuwait.

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It depends directly on the Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, without belonging to his or any other ecclesiastical province.

History

It was established in 1991 on territory previously without proper Ordinary of the particular church sui iuris.

Ordinaries

(all Syrian Rite)

Patriarchal Exarchs of Basra and the Gulf
  • Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka (1997 – 2001), while Archeparch (Archbishop) of Baghdad of the Syrians (Iraq) (1983.07.15 – retired 2011.03.01); previously Titular Bishop of Dara Syrorum of the Syrians (1979.08.25 – 1983.07.15) & Auxiliary Eparch of Baghdad of the Syrians (Iraq) (1979.08.25 – 1983.07.15)
  • Father Charbel Issou (2001 – 2003)
  • Father Eshak Marzena (2003 – 2014)
  • Monsignor Emad Ekleemes (2014 – ...)
  • References

    Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Basra and the Gulf Wikipedia


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