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      Tuesday, November 25, 2008
      Orthodox archbishop meets church leaders during visit to Ireland

      PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

      A FIRST visit to Ireland by Metropolitan John
      Yazigi, Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of western
      and central Europe, ends tomorrow when he returns
      to Paris. He arrived in Belfast last Wednesday
      where he met the Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor, Bishop Noel Treanor.

      On Thursday he met the Catholic Primate, Cardinal
      Seán Brady, in Armagh. He also met the Church of
      Ireland Primate, Archbishop Alan Harper, and the
      Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor, the Right Rev Alan Abernethy.

      After a tour of St Patrick's Church of Ireland
      Cathedral and Armagh public library, Archbishop
      Harper presented the metropolitan with a copy of
      the Book of Common Prayer which Archbishop Harper
      received on its launch in 2004. It is signed by
      all bishops present then, including the Archbishop of Canterbury.

      A divine liturgy service at the Antiochian church
      of St Ignatius in Belfast on Friday evening last
      was attended by 38 clergy from across the
      Christian denominations. The metropolitan and
      Bishop Abernethy also opened an exhibition of
      icons there. On Sunday, at the same church the
      metropolitan ordained Paul Totten deacon, the
      first Antiochian ordination in Ireland.

      In Dublin yesterday Metropolitan John visited St
      Patrick's Cathedral and the Indian Orthodox
      Church at Cathal Brugha Street. Last night he
      celebrated the divine liturgy at the Antiochian
      parish chapel of St Joseph on Grace Park Road. He
      returns to Belfast this morning. It is estimated
      that the number of Orthodox Christians in the
      Republic alone is most likely double the 20,800
      recorded in the 2006 census. Orthodox services
      now take place regularly in many centres, including Dublin.

      This article appears in the print edition of the Irish Time
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