Meliton (Karas) of Philadelphia

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His Eminence the Most Reverend '''Meliton (Karas), Metropolitan of Philadelphia''' (elected 1990), is a [[Metropolitan]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] and serves as the Coordinator of the Secretariats of the Patriarchate.  He is also a member of the [[Holy Synod]] and the [[godson]] of Ecumenical Patriarch [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew I]].
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Metr. Meliton was born in Imvros (Gokceada), Turkey, on [[March 14]], 1951. He holds a B.A.(1974) and a Ph.D. (1986) in Theology from the Theological School of Thessaloniki. He was [[ordination|ordained]] as [[deacon]] in 1974 by his Elder, Meliton, Metropolitan of Chalcedon, receiving the name Meliton, and immediately was appointed Codicographer of the Holy and Sacred Synod. He served as Under-Secretary of the Holy Synod of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] from 1984 and as Chief Secretary from 1987 till 2005 when he resigned and he was appointed as the Coordinator of all the Secretariats of the Patriarchate.
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He received post graduate education in France and England and participated in Patriarchal representation and delegations in Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Church Conferences. From 1987 to 1990, he accompanied Ecumenical Patriarch [[Demetrius I of Constantinople|Demetrius]] on his official visits to other Orthodox churches.
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