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Decisions on Some Palestinian and Jordanian Communities in the USA

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 5, 2008 Contact: Ecumenical Office Tel.: 212.570.3593 Email: ecumenical@goarch.org Decisions on Some Palestinian and Jordanian
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      August 5, 2008

      Contact: Ecumenical Office
      Tel.: 212.570.3593
      Email: ecumenical@...


      Decisions on Some Palestinian and Jordanian Communities in the USA

      New York, NY - After a long process that began in 1993 related to the
      ecclesiastical status of a portion of the Palestinian and Jordanian
      communities in the USA, the portion connected to the Patriarchate of
      Jerusalem, there has been a final agreed decision by the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
      concerning these communities. The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the
      Jerusalem Patriarchate have agreed that the canonical and pastoral
      supervision of these communities and their clergy should belong to
      the canonically established jurisdiction in the United States which
      is the Eparchy of the Ecumenical Throne in America, that is, the
      Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Henceforth, the Patriarchate
      of Jerusalem no longer asserts any jurisdiction in the Western Hemisphere.

      On Tuesday, April 1, 2008, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch
      Bartholomew received His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of
      Jerusalem, together with the senior member of the Holy Synod of the
      Jerusalem Patriarchate, Metropolitan Vasilios of Caesaria (Palestine)
      and other clergy. Final details for the implementation of the
      agreements were completed, with a mutual decision that these
      communities come under the canonical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese
      of America. Following the meeting at the Phanar, His Eminence
      Archbishop Demetrios of America was directed to proceed with the
      implementation of the agreements by the creation of a Vicariate for
      the inclusion of the clergy and communities within the Archdiocese of
      America. The official name of the Vicariate is: "Vicariate for
      Palestinian/Jordanian Communities in the USA."

      The clergy and communities of the Vicariate will be directly under
      the Archbishop of America and will report to the Archdiocese through
      the Vicar. Through the Archdiocese, all of these clergy and
      communities will be able to participate in the programs and agencies of SCOBA.
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