Neophytos Nasri

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Neophytos Nasri
Bishop of Saidnaya
Church Melkite Greek Catholic Church
Appointed 1722
Term ended 1730
Consecration 1722 (Bishop)
by Athanasius III Dabbas
Personal details
Born 1670
Died 21 February 1731 (aged 60–61)

Neophytos Nasri (1670–1731) was bishop of Saidnaya of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church and took a preeminent part in the 1724 split of the Melkite Church.


Nasrallah Néophytos Nasri was born in Aleppo in 1670. He entered young a monk in the Balamand Monastery and in 1696 he was one of the founders of the Basilian Chouerite Order. He served also as a preached in Amid. In 1722 he was appointed bishop of Saidnaya, and consecrated Bishop in the same year by Patriarch Athanasius III Dabbas.[1]

On October 1, 1724[2] he consecrated Cyril VI Tanas as bishop and Patriarch of the Melkite Church,[3] so originating the split of the Melkite Church. After persecutions from the Orthodox party, he had to leave Saidnaya and in 1730 he moved to Rome, where he died on 21 February 1731[1] and was buried in the chapel of Propaganda Fide.

A biography of Néophytos Nasri was written by his disciple Ignatius Quandalaft.[4]


  1. ^ a b Graf, Georg (1960). "57.1". Geschichte der christlichen arabischen Literatur, Volume 3. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. p. 236. 
  2. ^ on September 20 according to the Julian calendar
  3. ^ Nasrallah, Joseph (1963). Sa Beatitude Maximos IV et la succession apostolique du siege d'Antionche. Paris. p. 55. 
  4. ^ published in French in Rabbath, Antoine (1910). Documents inédits pour servir à l'histoire du christianisme en Orient, Volume 1. A. Picard et fils. pp. 597–621.