Alexandria – The new Patriarch of Alexandria and All Egypt, Theodoros, was enthroned on Sunday as the 116th Patriarch of Orthodoxy’s second in ranking Patriarchate, following the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Theodoros’ enthronement comes after the death of Petros VII last month following a military helicopter crash in northern Greece.
Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos led a high-ranking government delegation, while representatives from Orthodox Patriarchates and Autocephalous Churches from around the world also attended, including Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos and Archbishop of Albania Anastasios.
The former Orthodox Metropolitan of Zimbabwe and veteran Christian missionary said during a ceremony that he will open a dialogue with all faiths, especially Islam, in order to deal with the problems facing the African continent, pointing to poverty, hunger and terrorism. He also said that one of his goals is to open a seminary in Egypt.