|Patriarch Catholicos of Cilicia|
Patriarch Nerses, at Chair of Saint Peter, last 11 October 2014.
|See||Armenian Catholic Patriarchate of Cilicia|
|Appointed||13 October 1999|
|Term ended||25 June 2015|
|Predecessor||Hovhannes Bedros XVIII Kasparian|
|Successor||Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan|
|Other posts||Armenian Bishop of Alexandria|
|Ordination||15 August 1965|
by Raphaël Bayan
|Consecration||18 February 1990|
by Hovhannes Bedros XVIII Kasparian
|Birth name||Pierre Taza|
|Born||17 January 1940|
Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt
|Died||25 June 2015 75) (aged|
|Parents||Elias Taza and Josephine Azouz|
Nerses Bedros XIX
|Reference style||His Beatitude|
|Spoken style||Your Beatitude|
Nerses Bedros XIX (Armenian : Ներսէս Պետրոս ԺԹ. Թարմունի) (17 January 1940 – 25 June 2015) was the patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church.
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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 écoles chrétiennes) in Cairo.
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|Catholic Church titles|
Raphaël Bayan ICPB
| Armenian Catholic Bishop of Alexandria|
Hovhannes Bedros XVIII Kasparian
| Patriarch Catholicos of Cilicia |
Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan