|New Exarch Named for Armenian Catholics in North America|
Bishop Batakian was born in Athens, Greece, in 1929,
ordained to the priesthood in 1954 and ordained bishop in 1995. He studied
theology and philosophy in Rome from 1946 to 1954 prior to his ordination as
a priest, and was pastor of the Armenian cathedral in Paris from 1984 to
1990. He was named rector of the Pontifical Armenian College in Rome in 1990
and was a judge of the ecclesiastical tribunal of the patriarchal eparchy in
Beirut for many years.
The Armenian Catholic population of Canada and the United
states is 36,000, including 14 priests, as well as 21 men and women
religious located in nine parishes of which two are in Canada.
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