|Peter IV Géraigiry|
|Patriarch of Antioch|
|Church||Melkite Greek Catholic Church|
|See||Patriarch of Antioch|
|Enthroned||February 24, 1898|
|Reign ended||April 24, 1902|
|Predecessor||Gregory II Youssef|
|Successor||Cyril VIII Jaha|
|Birth name||Barakat Géraigiry|
August 6, 1841|
April 24, 1902|
Born in Zahle, Lebanon on August 6, 1841, Géraigiry was ordained priest on March 16, 1862 with a special permission due to his young age. He soon set up an elementary school in Zahle and became a teacher in the patriarcal college of Beirut. From 1874 to 1878 he studied theology in France. Back in Lebanon he became director of the schools of his diocese. In 1882 Géraigiry was appointed delegate of the Patriarch and thus he traveled to Rome, Paris, Istanbul.
After the lengthy and eventful reign of Gregory II Youssef, on February 24, 1898 Géraigiry was appointed patriarch of the Melkites following his election by the Melkite synod of bishops. Although his election was considered null by the Roman Congregation of Propaganda Fide, Pope Leo XIII confirmed it shortly later. The four years of his reign were marked by crisis. Some discontent arose from appointments of bishops taken without consulting the synod, and from his attempt to move the Patriarchal See from Damascus to Beirut. Also his relations with the Congregation of Propaganda Fide were often tense, mainly because Rome wanted him to summon a synod to define in details the powers and the autonomy of the patriarch and of all the Melkite clergy, while Géraigiry hesitated and took time. The synod never meet under his reign.
Peter IV Géraigiry died in Beirut on April 24, 1902.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Soetens Cl. (1984). "Geraigiry". Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques. 20. Paris: Letouzey et Ané. pp. 694–696.
- ↑ Charon (Korolevsky), Cyril (2001). History of the Melkite Patriarchates. III part 2. pp. 214–218. ISBN 1892278049.
- ↑ Descy, Serge (1993). The Melkite Church. Boston: Sophia Press. p. 66.