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Greek patriarch avoids Israeli Christmas party

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.12.29 JP: Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 12:39:35 -0800 To: news@holy-trinity.org Greek patriarch avoids Israeli Christmas party Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM
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      2005.12.29 JP:
      Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 12:39:35 -0800
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      Greek patriarch avoids Israeli Christmas party

      Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST
      Dec. 29, 2005
      The new Greek patriarch of the Holy Land stayed away from the annual
      Christmas gathering at the Israeli president's residence Thursday
      because the church's ousted former patriarch also was invited, a
      spokesman said.

      "The church cannot have two patriarchs," said the Greek Orthodox
      Church secretary, Archbishop Aristarchos.

      The current patriarch, Theofilos III, replaced Irineos I after he was
      ousted in May amid allegations of leasing church property in
      Jerusalem's Old City to Jewish settler groups. Israel has not
      recognized Irineos's removal or the church's election of Theofilos.

      Theofilos has petitioned Israel's Supreme Court for the state to
      recognize him because church rules require governmental approval in
      areas where his flock lives. For Theofilos, this includes Israel,
      Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. The latter two recognize him.

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