• Short Summary

    FIFTY-SEVEN BISHOPS COMPOSING THE HIERARCHY OF THE CHURCH OF GREECE, MEETING AT A FOUR-HOUR CONCLAVE IN ATHENS, FEB 14, ELECTED BISHOP CHRYSSOSTOMOS, 82-YEAR-OLD METROPOLITAN OF CAVALLA AND DEAN OF ALL ORTHODOX PRELATES AS NEW PRIMATE.

  • Description

    FIFTY-SEVEN BISHOPS COMPOSING THE HIERARCHY OF THE CHURCH OF GREECE, MEETING AT A FOUR-HOUR CONCLAVE IN ATHENS, FEB 14, ELECTED BISHOP CHRYSSOSTOMOS, 82-YEAR-OLD METROPOLITAN OF CAVALLA AND DEAN OF ALL ORTHODOX PRELATES AS NEW PRIMATE. THE BISHOP RECEIVED ALL BUT THREE OF THE VOTES.

    LAST MONTH PUBLIC OPPOSITION CAUSED A MAJOR ECCLESIASTICAL CRISIS WHEN BISHOP IAKOVOS WAS ELECTED TO THE ARCHIEPISCOPAL THRONE. HE WAS ACCUSED OF UNBECOMING CONDUCT, AND PUBLIC PRESSURE FORCED THE GREEK GOVERNMENT TO DEMAND HIS ABDICATION 12 DAYS LATER.

    AS THE GATES OF ATHENS CATHEDRAL WERE UNLOCKED AND OPENED AFTER THE NEW ELECTION, THE ARCHBISHOP EMERGED WEARING THE GOLD BRAIDED MANTLE OF HIS NEW OFFICE. CHURCH BELLS RANG, AND IN KEEPING WITH THE OLD BYZANTINE TRADITION, THE PRIMATE STOOD ON THE STEPS OF THE CATHEDRAL TO BE PROCLAIMED PUBLICLY HEAD OF THE CHURCH. THRONGS OF PRIESTS AND LAYMEN WHO HAD WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION TO BE MADE KNOWN, PRESSED FORWARD TOWARDS HIM, SHOUTING "WORTHY, WORTHY."
    IN HIS ELECTION MESSAGE, THE NEW ARCHBISHOP SAID THE CHURCH WAS CONFRONTED WITH MANY DIFFICULT PROBLEMS. HE HOPED TO SOLVE THEM WITH THE HELP OF THE HIERARCHY, THE STATE, AND THE CHURCH'S FOLLOWING.

    PROFESSOR CASSIMATIS, MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND RELIGION, THE ONLY LAYMAN PRESENT AT THE CONCLAVE, WAS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR SOLVING THE CRISIS. HE SAID LATER THAT THE NEW ELECTION HAD PROVED THE CHURCH HAD OVERCOME THE CRISIS AND WOULD NOW BE ABLE TO COOPERATE WITH THE STATE FOR THE RENOVATION OF ITS INSTITUTIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA68EIJXBL4WI2ECD4VCH6T0J5K
    Media URN:
    VLVA68EIJXBL4WI2ECD4VCH6T0J5K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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