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HIS HOLINESS ARAM I EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES ON THE DEATH OF ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS


Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos passed away on Sunday January 27th, 2008. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia expressed his condolences in a letter sent to the Holy Synod. Hereunder the text of the letter:


Holy Synod
Orthodox Church of Greece
Athens, Greece


Dear members of the Holy Synod,

We came to learn with deep sorrow the passing away of His Beatitude Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Orthodox Church of Greece.

His Beatitude played a significant role in giving a new vitality to the Orthodox church of Greece in its evangelistic, social and ecumenical witness. He opened a new page in the modern history of the church, particularly in respect to the active role of the church in the life of people. His strong commitment to the Gospel values and the traditions of his church will be always remembered by the people and by all those who came to know him.

A close relationship and collaboration were established between us on for­mal and personal levels. His Beatitude has always expressed his great apprecia­tion for the dedication of the Armenian community of Greece for the prosperity and progress of Greece.

On this sad occasion, on behalf of our people and church and personally I would like to express our deepest condolences to Holy Synod, to state authorities and to the people of Greece.

May God accept the soul of His Beatitude in His heavenly kingdom.

We have delegated the Primate of our community in Greece, His Grace Bishop Khoren Doghramadjian to represent us at the funeral.

Your in Christ

ARAM I
CATHOLICOS OF CILICIA

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