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Axios! Holy Synod of Antioch Elects New Metropolitan of Archdiocese of Hama, Syria

By the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Synod of Antioch, under the presidency of His Beatitude Patriarch John X, elected His Grace Bishop Nicholas Baalbaki as the new metropolitan archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hama and Dependencies in Syria. Sayidna Nicholas succeeds His Eminence Metropolitan Elia Saliba of thrice-blessed memory who reposed in the Lord on April 1, 2017.
 
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph took part in the election at the Patriarchal Monastery and Seminary in Balamand, Lebanon earlier this week, following the great feast of Pentecost. Sayidna Joseph congratulated his new brother Metropolitan Nicholas on behalf of the hierarchs, clergy, board of trustees and laity of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.
 
Metropolitan Nicholas was born to a pious Orthodox Christian family in 1957. His brother is V. Rev. George Baalbaki, the pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, California. In addition to serving as clergyman since 1985, His Eminence was a surgeon and director of the Patriarchal Hospital of St. George in Hosn, Syria. June 2017: Patriarch John at the Holy Synod meetingJune 2017: Patriarch John at the Holy Synod meetingSayidna Joseph led a delegation from the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West to the Middle East in the autumn of 2010, which included a visit then-Archimandrite Nicholas at the hospital. The delegation marveled at his holiness and devotion to healing souls and bodies.
 
The next year, Archimandrite Nicholas was elected and consecrated as a bishop to assist His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV of thrice-blessed memory and eternal repose. He continued in this capacity in Damascus with Patriarch John X until his election during this week of Pentecost.
 
Metropolitan Joseph prays, and asks the Archdiocesan clergy and faithful to do the same, to Almighty God that He will bless the new ministry of Metropolitan Nicholas and all of the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Hama.
 
(Photos: antiochpatriarchate.org)
June 2017: The Holy Synod, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the EastJune 2017: The Holy Synod, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East