Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of São Paulo
|Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of São Paulo
Eparchia Dominae Nostrae Libanensis Sancti Pauli Maronitarum
|Ecclesiastical province||São Paulo|
|(as of 2009)
|Established||29 November 1971 (42 years ago)|
|Cathedral||Catedral Nossa Senhora do Líbano|
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.
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. He was officially an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, and titular bishop of Callinicum dei Maroniti.
At present, in addition to the cathedral in São Paulo, there are 8 Maronite parishes throughout the country.
- João Chedid, O.M.M. (1971.11.29 – 1988.02.27) Archbishop (1988.02.27 – 1990.06.09)
- Joseph Mahfouz, O.L.M. (1990.06.09 – 2006.10.14)
- Edgard Madi (2006.10.14 – present)
- "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.
- "Eparchy of Nossa Senhora do Líbano em São Paulo (Maronite)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Paróquias". Eparquia Maronita do Brasil. Retrieved 5 January 2013. (Portuguese)
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