Ann Marai Husser (OCP Delegate of North & South America)
OCP News Service – 27/10/14
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Guatemala City: Large numbers of Roman Catholics are joining the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East in the country. It is estimated that, during the past few years, nearly two million Roman Catholics have left their church to be part of the ancient Orthodox Church of Antioch. The faithful are organized into the Patriarchal Vicariate of Guatemala. Archbishop Mor Yacoub Edward is the primate, who was ordained by the late lamented Patrairch Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas, on 6th March 2013 at the Monastery of St. Jacob Baradeus in Atshaneh – Bikfaya, Beirut, Lebanon.
Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho – Primate of the Malankara Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of USA paid a visit to the Guatemala on 23rd October 2014 where he was given a warm welcome. Mor Titus met with Mor Yacoub Edward and visited several congregations.
Apart from Syriac Orthodox Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches also have large number of converts from Roman Catholicism. Orthodox is experiencing exceptional growth in most of the traditional Roman Catholic hubs in several Latin American Countries.
OCP News Service