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  • Fr. John-Brian
    Orthodox African Patriarch urges S. African pressure on Zimbabwe Johannesburg (ENI). The Greek Orthodox African Patriarch believes the South African government
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 2, 2005
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      Orthodox African Patriarch urges S. African pressure on Zimbabwe

      Johannesburg (ENI). The Greek Orthodox African Patriarch believes the South
      African government should put more pressure on the Zimbabwean government to
      change its ways. Theodoros II, a former archbishop of Zimbabwe, was speaking
      on his first visit to South Africa since becoming Greek Orthodox Patriarch
      of Alexandria and All Africa last year. [323 words, ENI-05-0135]


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    • Bill Samsonoff
      2005.03.02 ENI: Ecumenical News International 02 March 2005 Orthodox African Patriarch urges S. African pressure on Zimbabwe By Peter Fabricius Johannesburg, 2
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        2005.03.02 ENI:
        Ecumenical News International
        02 March 2005
        Orthodox African Patriarch urges S. African pressure on Zimbabwe

        By Peter Fabricius

        Johannesburg, 2 March (ENI)--The Greek Orthodox African Patriarch
        believes the South African government should put more pressure on
        the Zimbabwean government to change its ways.

        Theodoros II, a former archbishop of Zimbabwe, was speaking on
        his first visit to South Africa since becoming Greek Orthodox
        Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa last year.

        "Zimbabwe faces many problems, for instance hunger. But I see
        positive developments and the situation is getting better," he
        told the Cape Times newspaper. Yet he said South Africa could
        help the situation in Zimbabwe by "putting more pressure" on the
        government there.

        The South African government has faced wide criticism for failing
        to get tough with autocratic Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
        who has seen his country's once prosperous economy collapse and
        human rights severely eroded. South Africa defends itself by
        saying it is quietly trying to persuade Mugabe to change.

        South Africa has a relatively large Greek community and Theodoros
        started his official visit this week by presiding at a service at
        the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George in the Cape Town suburb
        of Woodstock, the first Greek Orthodox church to be founded in
        South Africa.

        During his visit, Theodoros identified the AIDS pandemic as one
        of Africa's greatest problems but predicted that one day Africans
        would learn how to "be in control of their own bodies" to stop
        spreading the disease.

        He urged the West not to give up on Africa as it was partly
        responsible for Africa's problems. But Africans also had to
        tackle their problems, he said.

        Theodoros, born Nicholas Choreftakis in Crete in 1954, has lived
        in several African countries since he first came to the continent
        20 years ago, and said, "Inside, I feel African. I lived with the
        people, in huts and in poverty." He is to stay in South Africa
        until 13 March, visiting the main cities.
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