George Beseb'ely

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George Rizqallah Beseb'ely
(جرجس الثاني رزق الله البسبعلي)
Patriarch of Antioch
Church Maronite Church
See Patriarch of Antioch
Elected January 1, 1657
Term ended April 12, 1670
Predecessor John Bawab Safrawy
Successor Estephan El Douaihy
Consecration July 25, 1656 (Bishop)
by John Bawab Safrawy
Personal details
Born c. 1595
Beseb'el, Lebanon
Died April 12, 1670

George II Rizqallah Beseb'ely (or Jirjis al-Basba'li, Beseb'ely, Arabic: جرجس الثاني رزق الله البسبعلي‎, Latin: Georgius Sebelensis), was the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch from 1657 to his death in 1670.


George Beseb'ely was born in the village of Beseb'el (from which his surname came), near Tripoli, Lebanon, in about 1595, son of Hadj Rizqallah. He was chosen as auxiliary bishop and consecrated by Patriarch John Bawab Safrawy on July 25, 1656.

After the death of Patriarch John Bawab Safrawy happened on December 23, 1656, the bishops elected as patriarch the monk George Habquq, who anyway for humility refused and escaped in a cave of the Kadisha Valley to live as an hermit. So a second election was held and on January 1, 1657 the Archbishop George Beseb'ely was elected patriarch. His election was confirmed by Pope Alexander VII on May 26, 1659, and he received the pallium on August 30, 1660.[1]

George Beseb'ely used, as his predecessor, to live in a monastery subject to the strict discipline of the monks. During his patriarchate he kept good relations with the Kingdom of France, which in 1662 appointed for the first time as French Consul in Beirut a Maronite noble, Abu Nawfal of the Khazen family.[1]

George Beseb'ely died on April 12, 1670 because of a pestilence.[2]


  1. ^ a b Dib, Pierre (2001). Histoire des Maronites: L'église maronite du XVIe siècle à nos jours, Volume 3. Librairie Orientale. pp. 85–87. ISBN 978-9953-17-005-3. 
  2. ^ Dau, Butros (1984). Religious, cultural and political history of the Maronites. Lebanon. p. 547.