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Europe's highest Syriac Orthodox priest died in Germany

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    005.11.03 Pravda/AP: Pravda.RU: Europe s highest Syriac Orthodox priest died in Germany 01:40 2005-11-04 Mor Julius Yeshu Cicek, the highest priest in Europe
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      005.11.03 Pravda/AP:
      Pravda.RU:

      Europe's highest Syriac Orthodox priest died in Germany
      01:40 2005-11-04
      Mor Julius Yeshu Cicek, the highest priest in Europe with the Syriac
      Orthodox Church, died in Germany on Oct. 29, a spokeswoman for the
      church said Thursday. He was 63.

      A cause of death was not immediately known. Cicek was the church's
      Metropolitan for Middle Europe since the position was created in
      1979. He oversaw the establishment of 51 churches and three
      monasteries.

      Cicek was found in a hotel room in Dusseldorf where he was spending
      the night before traveling to Switzerland for a conference, church
      spokeswoman Naures Atto said.

      Thousands of followers were expected to attend his funeral at the
      Saint Afrem Syriac Monastery in the Dutch town of Glane, near the
      German border.

      Cicek also edited and published more than 100 books in Syriac, the
      Aramaic dialect that is the church's official language.

      The Syriac Orthodox Church is one of the oldest Christian churches,
      tracing its foundation to the apostle Peter in 34 A.D. It has several
      million followers worldwide, with its base in Damascus, Syria, AP
      reports.
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