Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of São Paulo

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Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of São Paulo
Eparchia Dominae Nostrae Libanensis Sancti Pauli Maronitarum
Location
Country Brazil
Ecclesiastical province São Paulo
Population
- Catholics
(as of 2009)
400,000
Information
Rite Maronite Rite
Established 29 November 1971 (42 years ago)
Cathedral Catedral Nossa Senhora do Líbano
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Eparch Edgard Madi
Website
www.igrejamaronita.org.br

The Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of São Paulo (Portuguese: Eparquia Nossa Senhora do Líbano em São Paulo) (Latin: Eparchia Dominae Nostrae Libanensis Sancti Pauli Maronitarum) is a diocese of the Maronite Church, based in the city of São Paulo, in the Ecclesiastical province of São Paulo in Brazil.

History[edit]

On 31 May 1962, Pope John XXIII established the Maronite Apostolic Exarchate (the equivalent in the Eastern Churches of a Vicariate Apostolic) for Maronite Catholics in Brazil and appointed Bishop Francis Mansour Zayek to head it. He was the first Maronite bishop to serve outside of the Middle East.[1] He was officially an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, and titular bishop of Callinicum dei Maroniti.[2]

Zayek served as bishop for the Maronite Catholics of that country until 1966, when he was transferred by the Holy See to the United States.[1] He was succeeded by Bishop Jean (João) Chedid.[2]

On 29 November 1971, Pope Paul VI raised the exarchate to the rank of an eparchate.[2]

Status[edit]

At present, in addition to the cathedral in São Paulo, there are 8 Maronite parishes throughout the country.[3]

Leadership[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Maronite Church in the U.S. Mourns the Death of Its First Shepherd". The Maronite Voice VI (No. IX). October 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eparchy of Nossa Senhora do Líbano em São Paulo (Maronite)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Paróquias". Eparquia Maronita do Brasil. Retrieved 5 January 2013.  (Portuguese)

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