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44-Year-Old Elected Maronite Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria

And Appointment for Byzantine Rite Catholics in Hungary

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The Pope on Saturday gave his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Maronite Church of Fr. Joseph Tobji as archbishop of Aleppo of the Maronites, Syria.

Joseph Tobji was born in 1971 and was ordained a priest in 1996. He holds a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Urbanian University and has served as chaplain and parish priest, and as promoter of justice and defender of the bond in a number of ecclesiastical tribunals. He is currently secretary of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops.


Also on Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Abel Szocska as apostolic administrator sede vacante of the eparchy of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, for Catholis of Byzantine rite, without episcopal rank.

Fr. Szocska was born in Vinohradiu, Nagyszolos, Ukraine in 1972, gave his religious vows in 2001 and was ordained a priest in the same year. He is currently provincial superior of the Basilian Fathers in Hungary, pastor of the parish of Mariapocs, and protosyncellus of the eparchy of Miskolc.

Pope Francis as well accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the Diocese of Elblag, Poland, presented by Bishop Jozef Wysocki upon reaching the age limit.

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