Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Patriarch Gregorios III, head of the Greek Catholic Church on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

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The Syrian born Patriarch, named Lutfi Lahham, had been Greek Catholic Archbishop in Jerusalem until he succeeded Patriarch Maximos V in 2000. The Patriarchate will be administered by the Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo Jean-Clement Jean-Bart until the election of a new patriarch by the Synod of Greek Catholic bishops.