Cyril VIII Geha
Patriarch of Antioch
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Church Melkite Greek Catholic Church
See Patriarch of Antioch
Enthroned June 29, 1902
Reign ended January 11, 1916
Predecessor Peter IV Geraigiry
Successor Demetrius I Qadi
Personal details
Born November 26, 1840
Aleppo, Syria
Died January 11, 1916

Cyril VIII Geha (or Jaha), (November 26, 1840 – January 11, 1916) was patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church from 1902 until 1916. He was the last Melkite Catholic patriarch of the Ottoman era.


Geha was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1840, He was consecrated the Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo on May 3, 1885[1] by patriarch Gregory II Youssef. On June 29, 1902 he became patriarch of the Melkites.

In 1909 Cyril convoked a synod at Ain Traz to develop the disciplinary legislation of the Melkite Church.[2] However, the work of the synod failed to gain confirmation from Pope Pius X, who lacked the desire of his predecessor, Pope Leo XIII, to promote the traditional rights and privileges of the Eastern Churches.[3]

Upon Cyril's death in 1916 the patriarchal see was vacant until the election of Demetrius I Qadi in 1919.[4]

See also


  1. David M. Cheney (14 December 2007). "Archbishop Cyrille VIII Geha". Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. Descy (1993), p.66
  3. Descy (1993), pp. 64-67
  4. Dick (2004), p. 39


  • Descy, Serge (1993). The Melkite Church. Boston: Sophia Press. 
  • Dick, Iganatios (2004). Melkites: Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholics of the Patriarchates of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem. Boston: Sophia Press. 

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