Ieronimos of Thebes

A new Patriarch for the Greek Orthodox Church in Athens.

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From AFP:

 The Orthodox Church of Greece turned a page on Thursday by electing a 70-year-old moderate archbishop seen as a possible healer of historical tensions with the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Ieronimos, formerly the bishop of Thebes in central Greece, also has a record of good relations with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the spiritual head of all Orthodox Christians.

“This is a new beginning in the life of the Church,” said Bishop Anthimos of Salonika who ran against Ieronimos, outside the Athens Cathedral where the election was held.

As the election result was announced the cathedral’s bells pealed and scores of faithful gathered outside broke into cheers, before accompanying Ieronimos and his retinue in a tightly-packed procession to his new office.

Cardinal Kasper Defends Prayer

From Reuters:

Jews criticized the new version because it still says they should recognize Jesus Christ as the savior of all men. It asks that “all Israel may be saved” and keeps an underlying call to conversion that Jewish leaders had wanted omitted.

“We think that reasonably this prayer cannot be an obstacle to dialogue because it reflects the faith of the Church and, furthermore, Jews have prayers in their liturgical texts that we Catholics don’t like,” Kasper said.

In a separate interview with Vatican Radio, Kasper said: “The Holy Father wanted to say ‘yes, Jesus Christ is the savior of all men, including the Jews’.”

He added: “But this does not mean we are embarking on a mission (to covert Jews). We are giving witness to our faith.” 

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