Prior to his February election as archbishop, the 70-year-old Ieronymos was bishop of Thebes in central Greece where he was appointed in 1981. He is regarded as a moderate, very active and energetic and in favor of good relations with the Patriarchate Patriarch Bartholomeos has stressed tolerance and reconciliation throughout his ministry.
Constantinople has had an unusual visitor this past weekend - Archbishop Ieronymos of Greece and Athens who was elected head of the Orthodox Church of Greece last February following the death of Archbishop Christodoulos. He came as the guest of Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos.
Walter Kasper, the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will visit Russia in late May. "It will be a private visit, which Cardinal Kasper himself has initiated to become better acquainted with the life of the Russian Orthodox Church and its spiritual reality," Priest Igor Vyzhanov, secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR), said in an interview with the Interfax-Religion website.
Archbishop Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand has been elected the new hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Nikolay Balashov told Interfax-Religion. The election took place during a session of ROCOR's Archbishop Council in New York.
Archbishop Hilarion became acting Chairman of ROCOR's Synod after the death of ROCOR's top hierarch Metropolitan Laurus of East America and New York and was seen as his likeliest successor.
The preservation of the extremely important Alexandria Patriarchate Library is a fact. With money by the National Bank of Greece, the renowned collections of the library were preserved by the experts of the National Bank's Cultural Foundation and are henceforth highlighted at the Alexandria Patriarchate Mansion, where the library's inauguration was held on Friday with pomp.
The collection totals 40,000 books and 7,000 old manuscripts and rear editions dating from 1460 to 1800.
His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus II will be on a Formal Peaceful Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, from May 9 to May 12, 2008. The Formal Doxology for the reception of His Beatitude will be held on Friday9/5/2008 at 11.30 a.m. at the Patriarchal Church of St. George.