Statement By His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim
THE BRITISH ORTHODOX CHURCH
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4 February, 2007
STATEMENT BY HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN SERAPHIM
Recent reports about the shameful treatment of His Holiness Abune
Antonios, Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church; to the effect
that agents of Mr. Yoftahe Dimetros, the government appointed General
Secretary of the Holy Synod, recently entered his place of
confinement and removed his pontifical insignia and other personal
effects, is further evidence of the indignities to which this holy
and venerable prelate has been subjected since his illegal and
uncanonical removal from office.
The despicable behaviour of Mr. Dimetros and of the faithless members
of the Holy Synod under the intruded leadership of Bishop Dioscoros,
and all those who willingly support their actions, are a shame and
reproach to the Orthodox Church of Eritrea and the fruits of the
apostasy and tyranny of the President of the Republic of Eritrea.
These men have sat as false judges of Patriarch Antonios and, having
demonstrated themselves to be without respect or pity for his
consecrated calling, his health and well-being, have now placed
themselves under the judgement of Almighty God.
I urge all Christians to pray fervently for the persecuted Eritrean
Orthodox Christians and not to forget the Patriarch in his captivity
but to keep him in special prayer and hold him and his righteous
cause before the Lord in ardent supplication.