Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo
|Eparchy of Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo (Melkite Greek)
Eparchia Dominae Nostrae Paradisi Sancti Pauli Graecorum Melkitarum
|Ecclesiastical province||São Paulo|
|(as of 2013)
|Denomination||Melkite Greek Catholic Church|
|Established||29 November 1971|
|Cathedral||Catedral de Nossa Senhora do Paraíso|
|Patriarch||Gregory III Laham|
|Emeritus Bishops||Fares Maakaroun|
Eparchy of Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo (Latin: Eparchia Dominae Nostrae Paradisi Sancti Pauli Graecorum Melkitarum) is an eparchy located in the city of São Paulo in the Ecclesiastical province of São Paulo in Brazil.
Territory and statistics
The eparchy includes all Melkite Catholic faithful of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Brazil. Its eparchial seat is the city of São Paulo, where is located the Nossa Senhora do Paraíso Cathedral.
The territory is divided into five parishes. In 2013 there were 436,000 Catholics.
On 14 November 1951 was erected the Ordinariate of Brazil to the Eastern Rite Catholics whom all Melkite Catholics belonged till November 29, 1971 when by Papal bull Haec Romana of Paul VI was established the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo.
- Bishops of Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo (Greek-Melkite Rite)
- Bishop Elias Coueter (November 29, 1971 – June 22, 1978)
- Bishop Spiridon Mattar (June 22, 1978 – April 20, 1990)
- Bishop Boutros Mouallem, M.S.P. (later Archbishop) (April 20, 1990 – July 29, 1998)
- Archbishop Fares Maakaroun (December 18, 1999 – July 21, 2014)
- Archbishop Joseph Gébara (since July 21, 2014)
- Catholic Hierarchy
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