Ignatius Peter VIII Abdalahad

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Ignatius Peter VIII Abdalahad
Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians
Church Syriac Catholic Church
See Antioch
Installed20 February 2001
Term ended2 February 2008
Predecessor Ignatius Moses I Daoud
Successor Ignatius Joseph III Yonan
OrdinationOctober 17, 1954 (Priest)
ConsecrationJune 21, 1997 (Bishop)
by  Antony II Hayyek
Personal details
Birth namePeter Gregory Abdalahad
Born(1930-06-30)30 June 1930
Aleppo, Syrian Republic
Died4 April 2018 (aged 87)

Ignatius Peter VIII Abdalahad (born Peter Gregory Abdalahad; 30 June 1930 – 4 April 2018) was patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syriac Catholic Church. He served as patriarch from 2001 to 2008, when he resigned and retired.

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    Catholic Church titles
    Preceded by
    Jean-Elie Hallouli
    Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem
    Succeeded by
    Grégoire Pierre Melki
    Preceded by
    Gregorios Elias Tabé
    Titular Bishop of Batnae for the Syrians
    Succeeded by
    Grégoire Pierre Melki
    Preceded by
    Ignatius Moses I Daoud
    Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrian Catholic Church
    20 February 2001 2 February 2008
    Succeeded by
    Ignatius Joseph III Yonan