Jerusalem (ANA/P.Haritos).- Theophilos, until recently Archbishop of Tabor, was unanimously elected the new Patriarch of Jerusalem by the 14 members of the Holy Synod on Monday, to succeed deposed patriarch Irineos.
Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantini and Metropolitan Alexius of Tver who had been short-listed along with Theophilos, withdrew from the final election round.
Theophilos, from Messinia, Greece, is 55 years old.
President Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis have conveyed their congratulations to newly elected Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos. Other telegrams expressing their congratulations were also issued by Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos, main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, Education Minister Marietta Yiannakou and Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyanni.
In a related development, Deputy Foreign Minister Panayiotis Skandalakis called the entire procedure to elect a new Orthodox Patriarch of the Holy Land “flawless”.
He also conveyed his congratulations to Theophilos and to the entire Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher for the “moderation and wisdom in which they faced the provocations of the past few months.”
Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos on Monday evening conveyed his congratulations to Theophilos, was elected earlier in the day . World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) President Andrew Athens also sent a letter of congratulations to Patriarch Theofilos.