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Patriarch Torkom Manoogian (Armenian: Թորգոմ Մանուկեան) is the current Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem serving the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem as Archbishop under the authority of the Catholicos of Armenia and of all Armenians of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He is the 96th in a succession of Armenian Patriarchs of Jerusalem[1] succeeding Patriarch Yeghishe Derderian who served for thirty years (1960-1990).

Archbishop Torkom Manoogian was born on February 16, 1919, in a refugee camp near the desert town of Baquba, north of Baghdad, Iraq. He was ordained into the diaconate on August 2, 1936, by Patriarch Torkom Koushagian. At his ordination as a priest on July 23, 1939, he was given the name Torkom. Manoogian served as Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the United States.[2] He was elected 96th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem on March 22, 1990 and enthroned on November 1.


  1. Biography of Torkom Manoogian, at the website of the Armenian Patriarchate
  2. Jerusalem Post: 2 Nov, 1990 - Armenian Patriarch Enthroned

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