Syrian Greek Orthodox patriarch dies at 92

Beirut:The Greek Orthodox patriarch of Syria, Ignatius IV Hazim, died on Wednesday in neighbouring Lebanon at the age of 92 after a stroke, an announcement from the patriarchate said.

Patriarch Hazim, who was born on April 4, 1920, "died (on Wednesday morning) at Saint George Hospital in Beirut after a stroke," the Damascus-based patriarchate confirmed to AFP.

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East is one of 14 autocephalous churches under the Orthodox communion. It counts around a million members, the majority of them Christians in Syria.

The country's 1.8-million-strong Christian community has stayed on the sidelines of the nearly 21-month conflict against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.


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