History

The historical origin of the archeparchy is traced back to the New Testament. In
Acts of Apostles, the church of Tyre (also Tyros) is mentioned in the missionary
journey of Paul the Apostle "From Miletus about Caesarea to Jerusalem" (Acts
21.3 to 7 EU). Tyre was an ancient metropolitan see in Roman and Byzantine
Empire. During Crusades was erected an archdiocese of the Latin rite. The
Roman Catholic Church built around 1124 the Archdiocese of Tyre, the territory
encompassed the city and region of Tyre. Since Tyre was conquered in 1291 by
the Muslim Mamluks, the archdiocese became titular.

The Archeparchy of Tyre of the Melkites are in communion with Rome since 1683
and its first Melkite archbishop was Euthymios Saifi. Under Patriarch Cyril VI
Tanas it was reorganized by the Melkite Patriarchate. Initially it was united with
the seats of Sidon and Akka; later ceded portions of territory for the Melkite
Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Sidon in 1752 and Melkite Greek Catholic
Archeparchy of Akka[2] in 1759.

Following the war in Lebanon, many of the faithful have moved elsewhere,
especially in Australia or Canada. Today the Melkitey Greek-Catholic community
is reduced to little more than 3,000 faithful.
List of Metropolitans, since 1724

1-   Euthymios Michael Saifi (1683 - 27 November 1723 deceased)
2-   Ignatius El Beyrouthy  (1724 - 1752 resigned)
3-   Andrée Fakhoury  (1752 - 1764)
4-   Parthenios Naameh  (1766 - 1805)
5-   Basil Attalah   (1806 - 1809)
6-   Cyrille Khabbaz   (31 July 1810 - 1819 or 1826)
7-   Basil Zakar   (1827 - 1834)
8-   Ignatius Karouth, B.S.   (1837 - 1854)
9-   Athanasius Sabbagh   (1855 - 1866)
10- Athanasius Khawam, B.S.   (14 April 1867 - 1886)
11- Euthymius Zulhof, B.S.   (13 June 1886 - 28 November 1913 deceased)
12- Vacant   (1913-1919)
13-  Amine Rizkallah Saigh,   (30 August 1919 ordained bishop - 30 August 1933)
14-  Agapios Salomon Naoum, B.S.   (3 November 1933 - 15 October 1965
withdrawn)
15-  Georges Haddad   (30 July 1965 - 31 December 1985 deceased)
16-  Vacant   (1985-1988)
17-  Jean Assaad Haddad   (26 October 1988 - 20 June 2005 withdrawn)
18-  Georges Bacouni   (20 October 2005 - 21 June 2014)
19-  Michael Abrass, B. A.   (from 21 June 2014)
Eparchy Greek Melkite Catholic of Tyre
Eparchy Greek Melkite Catholic of Tyre - Tel: 07 740015 -  Fax: 07 349 180 - P. O. Box: 257Tyre - Lebanon email: info@egmct.org