Metropolitan John X was elected to head the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch on Monday, the official paper of the Russian Orthodox Church reported.
His predecessor, Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) passed away in a Beirut hospital on December 5, a day after suffering a massive stroke.
“Metropolitan John X (al-Yazigi) was chosen as the new head of the Orthodox Church of Antioch on Monday. The vote took place in the The Balamand Monastery (near Tripoli, Lebanon) this morning, 18 bishops participated,” The Church Herald said.
Yaziji, 57, hails from Syria’s Lattakia, where he pursued his studies in civil engineering.
Throughout his studies, Yaziji had a pivotal role in establishing several spiritual programs and training choirs in chanting Byzantine music.
In 1978, Yaziji earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Institute of St. John Damascus Faculty of Theology at the University of Balamand. He then earned a doctorate degree in theology in 1983 from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
Yaziji was appointed as deacon in 1979 and priest in 1983. In 1981, he took up teaching liturgy at St. John Damascus Faculty of Theology at Balamand University where he had previously studied, assuming the position of dean of the faculty from 1988-1991 and 2001-2005.
He became the head of the Balamand monastery from 2001 to 2005.
In 2008, he was elected as the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of western and central Europe.
(source: RIA Novosti, dailystar)