Emilianos (Zacharopoulos) of Kos

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His Eminence Metropolitan Emilianos of Kos (in the world Emilianos Zacharopoulos) was born in 1915 in Halki (Constantinople). In 1936, he successfully graduates with a Master degree in Theology at the Theological Institute of Halki (Turkey). In 1937, he was ordained deacon for the Parish of Saints Constantine and Helen in Constantinople. Then, he served as a deacon in the Patriarchate. Patriarch Athenagoras named him Great Chancellor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and ordained him to the priesthood. In 1959, he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Metropolitan of Selevkia. Some years later, he became a member of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, until April 21, 1964, when he was exiled from Turkey. When the Ecumenical Patriarchate created the Archdiocese of Belgium and Exarchate of the Netherlands and Luxemburg (in 1969), he was elected first Metropolitan of it. In December 1982, he he was unanimously elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Metropolitan of Kos.

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