Armenian Catholic Archeparchy of Istanbul

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Armenian catholic cathedral in Istanbul
Archeparchy of Istanbul
Constantinopolitanus Armenorum
İstanbul Archeparchy
Country Turkey
Metropolitan Immediately Subject to the Patriarch
- Catholics
(as of 2009)
Denomination Armenian Catholic Church
Rite Armenian Rite
Established 15 October 1928
Cathedral Cathedral of St John Chrysostom in Istanbul
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
Archbishop Hovhannes Tcholakian's resignation has been accepted; the former Apostolic Administrator, Mons. Lévon Boghos Zékiyan's, election has been announced by the Vatican, but it is unclear whether the Holy See must ratify his election or not, and whether that constituted such an act[1][2]
Apostolic Administrator Boghos Lévon Zékiyan
Emeritus Bishops Kévork Khazoumian Coadjutor Archbishop Emeritus

The Armenian Catholic Archeparchy of Istanbul, also known as Armenian Catholic Archdiocese of Constantinople, serves Armenian Catholics in Turkey and is under the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia. The seat is in Istanbul.

Originally established in 1860, the current archeparchy was erected 15 October 1928.[3][4] On Saturday, 21 March 2015, it was made known that the Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, with the consent of the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church, and after having informed the Holy See, had accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the Armenian Catholic Archeparchy of Istanbul, presented by Archbishop Hovhannes Tcholakian, in accordance with Canon 210 of the Code of Canon Law for the Eastern Churches. Pope Francis then terminated the office of Apostolic Administrator sede plena of the Armenian Catholic Archeparchy of Istanbul's Armenians, Mons. Lévon Boghos Zékiyan, thus making possible his election to the Office of Archbishop of Istanbul, made by the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church of Armenia.

The eparchy was the seat of the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate of Cilicia from 1866 until 1928, when the patriarchal seat was moved to Beirut, Lebanon.[3]

In 2008 there were 3,650 Armenian Catholics belonging to the diocese.

Interior view of Armenian catholic cathedral


Coordinates: 41°02′08″N 28°58′47″E / 41.0356°N 28.9798°E / 41.0356; 28.9798