Greek Orthodox ignore Israeli opposition

Thursday, November 17, 2005 | 
The Greek Orthodox Church will proceed with plans for the coronation of the new Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilous III, next week despite Israeli opposition. Theophilous is supposed to replace the ousted Irineos I who was deposed by the Greek Orthodox Church's Holy Synod in May after he was accused of signing long-term leases on chunks of prime real estate in Jerusalem's Old City. The Israeli government has not yet approved the new Patriarch. Knesset Member (Parliament) Tzahi Hanegbi said that conducting the ceremony would also be a direct attack on Israel's High Court.

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