The new patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Bishop Joseph Absi. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)
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Syrian Bishop Joseph Absi Wednesday was elected the new patriarch of the Melkite-Greek Catholic Church.The election of Absi comes a month after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the previous patriarch, Gregorius III Lahham, who had held the position since Nov. 29, 2000 .Former Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui also welcomed Absi's election to the post.Pharaon, on the other hand, seemed to acknowledge that there had been issues during the election.
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