Enthronement of the new metropolitan of Thessaloniki Filotheu


With great splendor and all solemnity, in the presence of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Ieronymos, a multitude of other archpriests, a delegation from Mount Athos, representatives of military authorities, politicians and a multitude of believers, the enthronement of Metropolitan Philotheou of Thessaloniki.

The Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Hieronymos, as the overseer of the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki, pointed out that his election as the new Metropolitan of Thessaloniki “was a difficult decision, it had criteria not only of age, but deeper and more substantial, mainly theological”, he mentioned and emphasized that in from the collaboration they had between them, he appreciated “his morals and ecclesiastical opinion, his theological thinking, education and reflection”.

The Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis, Varnavas, as deputy overseer, handed the new metropolitan of Thessaloniki, the pastoral staff of responsibility, for his new beginning. The representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was the Metropolitan of Chalkidon Emmanuel, as a spiritual father, he gave him another wish for his new beginning, while the former Metropolitan of Thessaloniki, Anthimos, was early in the temple of God’s Wisdom and stood by the side of the new Metropolitan.

The political scene and the local government were present at the enthronement ceremony of Theophilos The government was represented by Minister of State Makis Voridis, who conveyed the greetings of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his commitment to close cooperation with the new Metropolitan of Thessaloniki. Mr. Voridis referred to subgenitality and the cooperation that the state and the church should have. “The role of the state and the church are distinct, but without cooperation on a number of issues the state is poorer and the goals impossible to achieve”, he said and wished him “an effective and successful pastoral course in the work he undertakes, which is heavy and difficult”.


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