|Rite||Major Archdiocese||Major Archbishop|
|Major Archbishops||Romanian||Făgăraş şi Alba Iulia|
|Lucian Mureşan (Cardinal)|
|George Alencherry (Cardinal)|
|Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal (Cardinal)|
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 2015.04.23
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