(Translated from the Latin)


Francis, Bishop, Servant of the Servants of God,

To our beloved son Antoine Tarabay, a monk of the Lebanese Maronite Order, and until now Superior of the Monastery and Rector of St Charbel’s Church in Sydney, elected bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of Saint Maroun of Sydney, my greetings and Apostolic Blessing.

Following the example of St Peter, we have recently assumed the very serious responsibility of caring for all the Lord's flock. Each day, with the help of God, we are solicitous for the good of the particular churches. Since it is necessary to appoint a head for the Eparchy of St Maroun of the Maronites in Sydney, made vacant by the canonical resignation of our venerable brother Ad Abikaram, and after hearing our venerable brother and Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, you, my beloved son, adorned with brilliant talents and pastoral expertise, are deemed worthy to govern the Eparchy.

Accordingly, by the Supreme Apostolic power, we name you Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of St Maroun in Sydney, with all the powers and duties inherent in that office, as set out in the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

As for your ordination and your profession of faith, and your promise of obedience to us and our successors, adhere to that Code.

We further order that this letter be brought to the attention of your clergy and your people, whom we encourage to receive you with joy, and to remain united to you.

Finally, we ask for you, beloved son, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, through the eternal voice of the apostles (see the Akathist hymn 7), the gifts of the Spirit, the Paraclete, through which you will shepherd the faithful entrusted to you with supreme charity, which is the main virtue of pastors. Indeed, we are pastors only in the measure of our love. May the peace and light of Christ be with you and with that ecclesial community which is very dear to us.

Given in Rome, at Saint Peter's, on 17 April, in the year of our Lord 2013, the first year of our pontificate.