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Last “Goodbye” to Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece

The funeral of Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece was held on Thursday at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral, followed by a burial ceremony at Athens’ First Cemetery. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated at the service. The funeral was attended by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and government officials, the parliament Speaker, political party leaders, and MPs, as well as the Prelates of the Orthodox Churches around the world. All public services and schools remained closed on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Athens through which the funeral cortege arrived on foot at the cemetery where Christodoulos was buried. Over four days of national mourning, large crowds stood in line for hours in order to pay their respects to Christodoulos, as he lay in state in the Cathedral.

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece will convene on February 7 to elect a new Archbishop of Athens and All Greece.