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Patriarchal Exarchate of Kuwait (Melkite Greek)
- Catholics (including non-members)
|(as of 2005)|
|Denomination||Melkite Greek Catholic Church|
|Patriarchal Exarch||Boutros Gharib|
Melkite (Greek) Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Kuwait (informally Kuwait of the (Greek)-Melkites) is a Patriarchal Exarchate (Eastern Catholic missionary pre-diocesan jurisdiction, not entitled to a titular bishop) of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church sui iuris (Byzantine rite in Greek language).
It is currently governed by Exarch Boutros Gharib.
The Exarchate extends its jurisdiction over the Melkite Greek Catholic faithful Catholic in Kuwait.
It comprises a single parish in Kuwait City, which had 800 baptized Melkite Catholics in 2005.
From the second half of the twentieth century was formed in Kuwait a community of Melkite Greek Catholics, mostly Arab workers of the nearby region. The church service was assured, at least initially, by Latin apostolic vicars. It was governed as a Patriarchal Vicariate of Antioch.
On 25 March 1972 the Patriarch Maximos V Hakim erected the Patriarchal Exarchate, naming as the first Exarch Archimandrite Basile Kanakri of the clergy of Damascus, the incumbent patriarchal vicar, who was succeeded, on 9 August 2002, by Boutros Gharib, clergyman of Beirut.