Nerses Bedros XIX
() (b. 17 January 1940, Cairo, Egypt
) is the current patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church
. He was the second son and the fifth of eight children born to Elias Taza and Josephine Azouz. He completed his primary and secondary studies at the College of the Brothers of the Christian Schools
(Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes) in Cairo.
He felt the vocation to priesthood
very early in life and thus was sent to the Armenian Leonine Pontifical College in Rome
in 1958 where he studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University
. His Bishop, Msgr. Raphaël Bayan
ordained him as a priest in Cairo on 15 August 1965. In Heliopolis he was known as Father Pierre Taza
He served the parish of the Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Annunciation in Cairo from 1965 to 1968 with the Rev John Kasparian who, in 1982, became Catholicos Patriarch
under the name of Hovhannes Bedros XVIII
(John Peter XVIII Kasparian). From 1968 to 1990, Father Pierre Taza was curate
of the parish of St Therese of Heliopolis in Cairo.
On 18 February 1990, he was ordained bishop
of the Eparchy
(Diocese) of Alexandria
for Egypt and Sudan
by the imposition of the hands
of His Beatitude Jean Pierre XVIII. From 1992 to 1997, as member of the Catholic Hierarchy
of Egypt, he was the General Secretary of the Pastoral Council of the Catholic Church of Egypt.
As a member of the Synod
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