Archbishop CHRISTODOULOS of Athens and All Greece reposed at his home on Monday, January 28, 2008, after several months combating a serious illness. He had served the Church of Greece as Archbishop since 1998. The prayers of all of the people of the Antiochian Archdiocese go out for the sake of this strong leader and shepherd, and those whose lives he has touched.
Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis paid tribute to the “enlightened” Archbishop in a statement released Monday. Karamanlis praised Christodoulos as a "religious leader who reinforced the role of Orthodoxy in the world," and for bringing the church closer to the public.
Immediately after the announcement of the passing of the late Archbishop Christodoulos, a four day mourning period was declared. The funeral service will take place in the Cathedral of Athens on Thursday, January 31, 2008.