Greek Orthodox primate dies

Greece's Catholic Bishops have offered their condolences for the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, who died aged 69.

Catholic News Service reports Archbishop Christodoulos died yesteday after a battle with cancer.

During the primate's leadership - he was elected in 1998 to lead the Greek Orthodox Church - relations between Catholics and Greek Orthodox improved remarkably.

Greece's Catholic bishops called his death "a great loss for the Greek Orthodox Church and for the ecumenical movement," and called Archbishop Christodoulos a "great pastor" and "ardent supporter of Christian unity."

Christodoulos met Pope John Paul II in 2001, marking a turning point in relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

During a visit to the Vatican in 2006, Archbishop Christodoulos signed a joint declaration with Pope Benedict, pledging "fruitful collaboration," "dialogue in truth" and joint action to strengthen Christian values in Europe.

Bishops offer condolences to Greek Orthodox mourning leader's death
(Catholic News Service 28/01/08)

Greek Archbishop Christodoulos dies (The Age 28/01/08)

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29 Jan 2008