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Major Archbishops

RiteMajor ArchdioceseMajor Archbishop
Major ArchbishopsRomanianFăgăraş şi Alba Iulia
(2005.12.16)
Cardinal Lucian Mureşan (85)Lucian Mureşan (Cardinal)
Syro-MalabarErnakulam–Angamaly
(1992.12.16)
Cardinal George Alencherry (71)George Alencherry (Cardinal)
Syro-MalankarTrivandrum
(2005.02.10)
Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal (57)Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal (Cardinal)
UkrainianKyiv–Halyč
(2005.08.21�)
Lviv (1963.12.23�2005.08.21)
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (46)Sviatoslav Shevchuk
Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, M.S.U. (83)Lubomyr Husar (Cardinal) (emeritus)

Major Archbishops, like patriarchs, are the heads of their Eastern-rite Churches. They enjoy patriarchal rights in nearly all respects, but without the patriarchal title. There are now four major archiepiscopal Churches, the Ukrainian, Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankar, and Romanian. Some of them have requested the patriarchal status, the Holy See has deemed the Churches not ancient enough or inopportune to acquire such a status.

The election of a new Major Archbishop requires confirmation by the Pope, whereas that of a new Patriarch needs to be notified to the Pope who will then extend ecclesiastical communion to the new Patriarch.

as of 2016.07.15

See Also

Major Archdioceses

The Pope

Cardinals

Patriarchs

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