- The recent attempt at reunification between the Catholic Melkite and the Orthodox in the Antiochean church took their common heritage as the basis of a projected merger.
- Arab Christians are divided between Eastern rite churches and the Latin rite churches (Maronites, Melkite, and Chaldean).
- In some of those countries, particularly in the Middle East, he has encountered vibrant Catholic communities belonging to the eastern rites, including the Maronites, Copts, Melkites, Syriac, Armenians and Chaldean Catholics.
- Michel Sayde, an Eastern Orthodox Melkite priest from Lebanon, also cautiously believes that the Marolly house is blessed.
Early 17th century: via Church Latin from Byzantine Greek Melkhitai, plural representing Syriac malkāyā 'royalists' (i.e. expressing agreement with the Byzantine emperor), from malkā 'king'.
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