Page 8, 24th June 1955

24th June 1955
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Page 8, 24th June 1955 — THREAT OF A MARONITE SPLIT ENDED
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THREAT OF A MARONITE SPLIT ENDED

ARCHBISHOP Meouchi of Tyre has been enthroned as Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East by the Synod of the Maronite Rite in Beirut after his appointment by the Pope.

His enthronement put an end to a situation which many believed might lead to a split in the Maronite community.

Since 1736 the Maronite Synod has had the right—granted by the Holy See — to elect its own Patriarch. But before the death of Patriarch Arida cm May 19 the Sacred Congregation of the Oriental Church suspended the charter.

When the Patriarch died, dissensions flared up. aggravated by articles in the local Press.

During the 10-day period which must elapse between the death of a Patriarch and the meeting of the electoral Synod, Archbishop Oddi, Papal Delegate in Jerusalem, went to Rkerke and held a meeting of all the Maronite Bishops. He told them that the Holy Father had decided to name Archbishop Meouchi as Patriarch.

All the Bishops immediately sub mined to the Pope's decision. In a broadcast of their submission the Beirut radio stressed Catholicism's " magnificent spirit of discipline."

For the needy

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