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Coussa, Acacius

COUSSA, ACACIUS

Cardinal and canonist; b. Aleppo, Aug. 31, 1897; d. Rome, June 29, 1962. He entered the Order of Basilians in Aleppo and was ordained Dec. 20, 1920. He occupied several positions in the interests of the Oriental Church in the Roman curia. Among his positions were adviser to the Congregation for the Oriental Church and member of the commission for the revision of the Oriental Code.

He was nominated titular bishop of Gerapoli in Syria Feb. 26, 1961, and was consecrated April 16, 1961. He became prosecretary for the Congregation for the Oriental Church. On March 19, 1962, he was created a cardinal by Pope John XXIII. He was buried in the chapel of the Propaganda Fide al Verano in Rome.

He wrote the Epitome praelectionum de iure ecclesiastico orientali, two volumes (Venice 1921); and E praelectionibus in librum secundum Codicis iuris canoniciDe Personis: de clericis in specie (Grottaferrat 1953).

[l. r. kozlowski]

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