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Mar 13, 1999

COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE

The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate during today's session accepted the request submitted through His Eminence Archbishop John of Karelia and all Finland, locum tenens of the Autonomous Orthodox Church of Estonia, by the clergy and lay representatives of its parishes, that, as there is no Estonian who qualifies to be a candidate for the post of Primate, the Ecumenical Patriarchate elect His Grace Bishop Stephanos, formerly of Nazianzus. Accordingly, Metropolitan Stephanos, a hierarch who enjoys the acceptance and esteem of the Estonian Government, was unanimously elected Metropolitan of Tallinn and all Estonia.

His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of Tallinn and all Estonia knows the situation and needs of the Autonomous Apostolic Orthodox Church of Estonia from his previous ministry there. Metropolitan Stephanos will work towards its total reorganization of this Church and, in due time, based on the model of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania, the formation of a local Estonian episcopacy. Every attempt will be made to accomplish this as soon as possible.

During the same session, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected as eparchial bishops of the Holy Archdiocese of America, filling the prolonged vacant dioceses of:

a) Atlanta, His Grace Bishop Alexios of Troas, who until now was an auxiliary bishop to His Eminence the Archbishop of America,

b) New Jersey, His Grace Bishop George of Komana, who also until now was an auxiliary bishop to His Eminence the Archbishop of America, and

c) Detroit, the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nicholas Pissare, who until now was the dean of the Holy Cross Church in Brooklyn, New York.

At the Patriarchate, March 13, 1999

From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod.

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