On June 21, 2017, the Greek Catholic synod of bishops elected Archbishop Joseph Absi as the new Patriarch of the Greek Catholic Church.

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Patriarch Absi succeeds Patriarch Gregorios III Lahham, who resigned earlier this year. Absi, born in Damascus in 1946, was ordained a bishop in 2001 and has served as Patriarchal Vicar in Damascus since 2006.