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Ieronymos of Thebes and Levadeia
elected head of Greek Orthodox Church

New York, February 11, 2008 Metropolitan Ieronymos of Thebes and Levadeia was elected by the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church as the new Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, and as the Prelate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece.


He succeeds Archbishop Christodoulos who died January 28.


In a letter of greeting February 11, the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA, congratulated the new archbishop. "Please know that the 35 member communions of the NCC are keeping you in our prayers as you assume this historic archbishopric," Kinnamon wrote. "May God give you many years of health and energy, and may you continue to be blessed with wisdom and discernment."


Upon hearing of the prelate's election, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, one of the NCC's 35 member communions, also sent congratulations "with a fervent supplication of the Lord our God, Who has called you to shepherd His flock, that you may enjoy unfaltering health, strength of body and soul, wisdom from on high, and abundant peace as you perform the complex and substantive tasks of your work as Archbishop of Athens and All Greece."


Archbishop Ieronymos was an archaeologist and professor of literature before he entered the clergy. He had been Metropolitan of Thebes and Levadeia since 1981.


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