The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of the Great City-of-God Antioch and all the East met in mid-June at the Balamand under the presidency of His Beatitude, The Most Blessed Patriarch IGNATIUS IV.
Among the agenda items were elections for the widowed Metropolitical Sees of Western Europe, which is headquartered in Paris, France and formerly headed by the late Metropolitan GABRIEL (Saleeby), and of Akkar, which is headquartered in Halba, north Lebanon and formerly headed by the late Metropolitan PAUL (Bandaly). The secretary of the Holy Synod, The Very Reverend Economos George Dimas, announced the following:
1 - Elected Metropolitan of Akkar on June 17th is His Eminence BASIL (Mansour), 46, former Titular Bishop of Tartous. His enthronement will take place on July 5th.
2 - Elected Metropolitan of Western Europe on June 17th is His Eminence JOHN (Yaziji), 53, former Titular Bishop of al-Hosn. His enthronement in Paris will take place on September 21st.
Many years to Metropolitan BASIL and Metropolitan JOHN!