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    http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-10-08-voa53.cfm Greek Archbishop s Transplant Off After Cancer Spreads By VOa News 08 October 2007 Doctors in the
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      Greek Archbishop's Transplant Off After Cancer Spreads
      By VOa News
      08 October 2007

      Doctors in the southeastern U.S. city of Miami have canceled a
      planned liver transplant for the head of Greece's Orthodox Church
      after finding that his cancer has spread.

      Doctors had diagnosed 68-year-old Archbishop Christodoulos with
      cancer in June and scheduled surgery for Monday after finding a
      compatible liver donor. But during the procedure they discovered
      that the cancer had spread to his abdominal cavity, making the
      transplant impossible.

      Church officials say the archbishop will remain hospitalized until
      doctors determine his next course of treatment.

      Elected Archbishop of Athens and All Greece in 1998, Christodoulos
      has tried to improve ties with the Roman Catholic Church. In 2001,
      despite protests from some Orthodox believers, the Archbishop
      received Pope John Paul II, the first pope to visit Greece in more
      than 1,000 years. Christodoulos also visited Pope Benedict last year.
      The two churches split in the Great Schism of 1054.

      Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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