Patriarchate of Cilicia

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Coat of arms of the Patriarchate of Cilicia
Coat of arms
Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian
elected 23 September 2021
First holderAbraham Petros I Ardzivian (Independent)
DenominationEastern Catholic
Sui iuris churchArmenian Catholic Church
RiteArmenian Rite
CathedralCathedral of St Elias and St Gregory the Illuminator

The Patriarchate of Cilicia (Latin: Patriarchatus Ciliciae Armenorum) is an ecclesiastical jurisdiction and the only patriarchate of the Armenian Catholic Church of the Catholic Church. The territorial jurisdiction of that Patriarch of Cilicia is the Archeparchy of Beirut, over which the Patriarch of Cilicia holds ordinary authority. The St. Elie and St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Beirut, Lebanon, is the cathedra of the Patriarchate.[1] The Patriarchate is headed by Patriarch Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian elected in September 2021.


While the diocese of Cilicia dates back to 294,[1] it was promoted to a patriarchate in 1742.[2] In 1866, the seat of the patriarchate was moved to Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (now Istanbul, Turkey), and in 1928 to Beirut, Lebanon, where it remains today.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Patriarchal See of Cilicia". Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  2. ^ "Patriarchate of Cilicia (Armenian)". David M. Cheney.
  3. ^ "The Eparchy of Constantinople (Turkey) of the Patriarchal Armenian Catholic Church". Armenian Catholic Church. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-01-25.

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Coordinates: 33°59′06″N 35°41′04″E / 33.9850°N 35.6844°E / 33.9850; 35.6844