Christodoulos (Paraskevaides) of Athens
His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece, Christodoulos Paraskevaides, was born at Xanthi in 1939. In 1962 he graduated from the School of Law and in 1967 from the School of Theology. In 1961 he was ordained deacon, and priest in 1965. He served as a preacher and senior spiritual father at the church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary at Palaio Phalero for nine years, and, for seven years he served as a Secretary of the Holy Synod. He took part in many religious missions abroad. He is a Doctor of Theology, he has a degree in French and English, and he also speaks Italian and German . He is the author of many scientific and constructive books. He has been writing articles in religious press and in dailies. He was elected Metropolitan of Demetrias in 1974 and Archbishop of Athens and all Greece in 1998.