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Greek Orthodox Patriarch names Palestinian to Holy Synod

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  • Debbora Berlinger
    http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/652811.html Ha aretz, Israel Last update - 08:31 02/12/2005 By Arnon Regular Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theofilos III
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      Ha'aretz, Israel
      Last update - 08:31 02/12/2005

      By Arnon Regular

      Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theofilos III made a series of appointments
      yesterday that introduced Palestinian and Arab Israeli clerics into
      the predominantly Greek church hierarchy.

      At a meeting of the Holy Synod at the patriarchate in Jerusalem,
      Archimandrite Atallah Hanna was made Bishop of Sebastia. Hanna has
      served as a spokesman for the church on Arab networks, where he
      expressed support for suicide bombers.

      The patriarch also appointed two bishops of Greek origin, and
      promoted four priests to archimandrites.

      In another first, Theofilos appointed to the Synod a 30-year-old
      Palestinian priest from Beit Jala, Galaktion.

      The promotion of Hanna and Galaktion follows demands from the local
      congregation to be involved in managing the patriarchate. Since his
      inauguration just 10 days ago, Theofilos has also come under heavy
      pressure from the Palestinian Authority and Jordanian government to
      promote Palestinian priests and bring Hanna into the Synod. He opted
      for a compromise, promoting Hanna but bringing Galaktion into the
      Synod instead.

      Theofilos appointed the Metropolitan Vasilius as his deputy, as well
      as a new Synod secretary and a new director for the finances
      department.
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