His Beatitude Bishop Sahak Mashalian was elected as the 85th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople receiving 102 of 119 votes of delegates during the assembly held on December 11, 2019.

The patriarchal see became vacant in March 2019, when His Beatitude Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan passed away.

In July, Bishop Mashalian was elected as Locum Tenens to lead the Patriarchate until the election of a new Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople.

On December 12, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, conveyed his blessings and pontifical greetings to His Beatitude.

On December 11, His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Canada, conveyed his heartfelt congratulations to Bishop Mashalian.

The Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, established in 1461, is one of the four hierarchical sees of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church. The other three are the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the spiritual centre of all Armenians and the residence of Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia; and the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.