- The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Fr. Michel Jalakh, O.A.M., until now rector of the Antonine University in Baabda, Lebanon, as secretary of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches.

Curriculum vitae

The Reverend Fr. Michel Jalakh was born on 27 August 1966 in Baouchrieh, Lebanon. On 15 August he gave his first religious vows in the Antonin Maronite Order, and on 21 April 1991 he was ordained a priest. From December 2000 to July 2008 he served as an officer in the former Congregation for the Eastern Churches. He was awarded a doctorate in ecclesiology from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Italy, in 2008. From 2013 to 2018 he was secretary general of the Middle East Council of Churches and a member of the Commission for Ecumenical Relations o the Catholic Patriarchs’ and Bishops’ Assembly in Lebanon. He is a teacher at the Antonine University in Baabda, of which he became rector in 2017.