The Holy Father today appointed Rev. Ibrahim Salamegh, M.S.P., currently parish priest of San Jorge in Rosario, Argentina, as Apostolic Exarch of the Greek-Melkite faithful in Argentina, elevating him at the same time to the dignity of bishop and assigning him the titular see of Palmyra of the Greek-Melkites.
Rev. Ibrahim Salameh, M.S.P., was born in Marmarita, Syria, on 10 December 1945. He has been a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Paul (M.S.P.) since 1968 and was ordained a priest on 13 July 1975. He completed his licence in philosophy and theology at the Saint Paul Institute of Harissa, Lebanon, and later taught theology for a number of years in the Canon Law Department of Rosario, Argentina. After his pastoral service in Marmarita, he was assigned to the Patriarchal Seminary of Providence of Damascus, and later, in Argentina, as parish priest of San Jorge in Rosario from 1978 to today. He speaks Arabic, Spanish, French and English.
Pope Francis also appointed Rev. Benoît Gbemavo Goudote, a diocesan priest, Apostolic Administrator of the vacant see (sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis) of the diocese of Dassa-Zoumé, Benin.