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Apr 11, 1998

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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

April 11, 1998

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, upon his arrival in the United States from his visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, issued the following statement:

&qout;On behalf of the entire Greek Orthodox Community in the United States,

I express the great remorse and share the grief of the people of Greece, as they mourn the passing of their spiritual leader for the past 24 years, the ever-memorable Archbishop Seraphim of Athens and All Greece.

As we enter this Great and Holy Week, which leads to the glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we join our prayers to theirs for the repose of his soul, and we pray that God will grant them comfort and the assurance of eternal life.&qout;

His Eminence also sent consolations via telegram to the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, as well as a message of condolence to His Excellency Ambassador Tsilas. In the message to Ambassador Tsilas, His Eminence stated that due to the repose of Archbishop Seraphim, he would postpone his upcoming trip to Greece.

His Eminence, Metropolitan Chrysostom of the Senior See of Ephesus, will represent the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the funeral, as well as all Eparchies of the Ecumenical Throne, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

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