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Greece’s new Archbishop to be elected on February 7 January 30, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Religion & Faith.
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The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece will convene on February 7 to elect a new Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, following the passing away early Monday of Archbishop Christodoulos, after a seven-month battle with cancer.

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece held an extensive meeting on Monday following the death of Archbishop Christodoulos, during which it set the date for electing a new Archbishop.

The session, which ended late in the afternoon, discussed details of the four-day mourning period, during which the archbishop’s body will lie in state at Athens Metropolitan Cathedral, and decided that the funeral that will be held on Thursday at 10:00.

Christodoulos will be buried at the Athens 1st cemetery immediately after the funeral procession, while the Holy Synod has requested those wanting to send a wreath to instead make a donation to some charitable cause or foundation.

Thessaloniki’s metropolitan Anthimos announced that the election for the new head of the Greek Orthodox Church will be beld on February 7 at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral.

Αrchbishop Christodoulos passed away on Monday at 5:15 a.m. (3:15 GMT) after battling cancer for the past seven months. Earlier, his attending physicians, close associates and numerous clerics hastily assembled at the Archbishop’s official residence in the Athens district of Paleo Psyhico, as Christodoulos had declined to leave his home for a hospital in his last days. 

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