Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim passed away Wednesday at a Beirut hospital after suffering a stroke a day earlier. He was 91.
Hazim was admitted to Saint George hospital in Ashrafieh Tuesday after suffering a stroke.
The hospital’s administration said it would release a statement concerning Hazim’s death later Wednesday.
Born in the village of Mhardey near Hama in Syria in 1921, Hazim was the son of an Arab Orthodox family and was attracted to Church service from an early age.
After finishing school in Hama, Hazim moved to Beirut where he studied literature and started serving the Orthodox Church in Lebanon.
Hazim helped found the global Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations and he became a member of the Sacred Convention of Orthodox Patriarchs in 1961 and in 1971 he was appointed Orthodox Metropolitan of the Syrian city of Lattakia.
Hazim was appointed Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Levant and Antioch in 1979.