Ignatius Peter VIII Abdalahad
|Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians|
|Church||Syriac Catholic Church|
|Installed||20 February 2001|
|Term ended||2 February 2008|
|Predecessor||Ignatius Moses I Daoud|
|Successor||Ignatius Joseph III Yonan|
|Ordination||October 17, 1954 (Priest)|
|Consecration||June 21, 1997 (Bishop)|
by Antony II Hayyek
|Birth name||Peter Gregory Abdalahad|
|Born||30 June 1930|
Aleppo, Syrian Republic
|Died||4 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|
| Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem |
Grégoire Pierre Melki
Gregorios Elias Tabé
| Titular Bishop of Batnae for the Syrians|
Grégoire Pierre Melki
Ignatius Moses I Daoud
| Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrian Catholic Church |
20 February 2001 – 2 February 2008
Ignatius Joseph III Yonan