Theodoros II (Choreftakis) of Alexandria

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His Beatitude '''Theodoros II of Alexandria''', is the current [[Pope]] and [[Patriarch]] of [[Alexandria]] and All Africa. He was elected following the untimely accidental death of Patriarch [[Petros VII (Papapetrou) of Alexandria|Petros VII]].
  
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa (born Nikolaos Choreftakis) was born in Crete in 1954, where he completed his schooling. He is a graduate of the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School in Athens and holds a degree from the Theological Faculty of the Aristotelian University of Thessalonica. He also studied History of Art, Literature and Philosophy in Odessa. From 1975-1985 he served as Archdeacon and Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of Lambis and Sfakion in Crete, where he developed significant Preaching and Philanthropic activities (hostels for needy youth, etc). From 1985-1990 he served as Patriarchal Exarch in Russia, based in Odessa during the tenure of Patriarchs Nicholas VI and Parthenios.  
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==Life==
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The future [[patriarch]] was born Nikolaos Choreftakis on the island of Crete in 1954. Nikolaos completed his early education in schools on Crete. Continuing his education, he graduated from the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School in Athens and earned a degree from the Theological Faculty of the Aristotelian University of [[Thessalonica]]. He also studied the history of art, literature, and philosophy in Odessa.
  
He established the Institution of Hellenic Culture and the Philiki Eterea Museum with 600 children, where they were taught a thorough knowledge of Greek. In 1990 he was ordained Bishop with the title of the formerly distinguished Diocese of Kyrene and was appointed as Representative of Patriarch[[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:lynching3.jpg|right|frame|]][[Image:oto-1.jpg|right|frame|]] Parthenios in Athens (1990-1997). He always accompanied Patriarch Parthenios on his travels throughout Africa and to many international, interfaith and Theological conferences. In 1997 he was appointed Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria by Patriarch Petros VII of blessed Memory, in order to assist him at the outset of his Patriarchate and after 10 months he was elected as Metropolitan of Cameroon. He greatly developed Missionary activity there. He built churches, schools and hospitals, helping many Africans and Hellenes. In 2002 he was transferred to the Holy Metropolis of Zimbabwe, where he established 4 Missionary centres in Harare, a Hellenic Cultural Centre for 400 delegates, 2 large Missionary centres in Malawi, with a hospital, technical schools and nursery schools. Aided by the Greek Parliament he renovated the Hellenic Square (School-Church-Vicarage) in Beira, Mozambique. He founded churches and contributed to the establishment of the Hellenic Communities of Botswana and Angola.  
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Having taken [[monasticism|monastic]] vows and receiving the name ''Theodoros'', he was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]]. From 1975 to 1985, Dn. Theodoros served as archdeacon and chancellor of the holy Metropolis of Lambis and Sfakion in Crete. Here he developed significant preaching and philanthropic activities, such as at hostels for needy youth. From 1985 to 1990, during the tenure of Patriarchs [[Nicholas VI of Alexandria|Nicholas VI]] and [[Parthenios III of Alexandria|Parthenios]] as Patriarchs of Alexandria, he served as Patriarchal [[Exarch]] in Russia, based in Odessa, Ukraine. There he established the Institution of Hellenic Culture and the Philiki Eteria Museum where 600 children were taught a thorough knowledge of Greek.
  
On 9th October 2004 he was unanimously elected by the Synod of the Alexandrian Throne as Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. The enthronement ceremony took place at the Cathedral of Annunciation in Alexandria, on Sunday October 24, 2004 in the presence of distinguished ecclesiastical & civilian representatives and great number of faithful. His general Missionary activity, as well as his affable character, are the reason behind the love felt towards him by all Africans, as well as by the communities of the Hellenes and Arabs of Egypt and All Africa.
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In 1990, he was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] [[bishop]] with the title of the formerly distinguished [[Diocese]] of Kyrēnē with the added appointment as representative of Patr. Parthenios in Athens. In this position he always accompanied Patr. Parthenios on his travels throughout Africa and to many international, interfaith, and Theological conferences.
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In 1997, he was appointed Patriarchal [[Vicar]] by Patriarch Petros VII, to assist the new patriarch at the outset of his patriarchate. Ten months later Bp. Theodoros was elected [[Metropolitan]] of [[Cameroon]]. As the leader of this [[missionary]] diocese, Metr. Theodoros greatly expanded the missionary activity in the diocese. He encouraged the building of [[church]]es, schools, and hospitals, as well as helping many Africans and Hellenes.
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In 2002, Metr. Theodoros was transferred to the holy Metropolis of Zimbabwe, where he established four missionary centers in Harare, a Hellenic Cultural Center that could hold 400 delegates, two large missionary centers in Malawi, with a hospital, technical schools, and nursery schools. Aided by the Greek Parliament he renovated the Hellenic Square (School-Church-Vicarage) in Beira, Mozambique. He founded churches and contributed to the establishment of the Hellenic Communities of Botswana and Angola.
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On [[October 9]], 2004, Metr. Theodoros was unanimously elected by the [[Holy Synod|Synod]] of the Alexandrian Throne as Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, succeeding Patriarch Petros VII who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident. The [[enthronement]] ceremony took place at the [[Cathedral]] of Annunciation in Alexandria, on [[October 24]], 2004. Present were distinguished ecclesiastical and civilian representatives and great number of faithful. His general missionary activity, as well as his affable character, are the reason behind the love felt towards him by all Africans, as well as by the communities of the Hellenes and Arabs of Egypt and All Africa.
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==External links==
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*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/alexandria/current.htm#theodoros_patr Listing] at the Orthodox Research Institute
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*[http://www.greekorthodox-alexandria.org/index.php?module=content&cid=001002 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa: Biography]
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*[[w:Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria|''Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria'' at Wikipedia]]
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*[http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/740/profile.htm His Beatitude Theodoros II: A Greek primer] by Gamal Nkrumah
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*[http://www.greece.org:8080/opencms/opencms/HEC_Organizations/gopatalex/sa/OurPartiarch.html Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa]
  
 
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Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria

His Beatitude Theodoros II of Alexandria, is the current Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. He was elected following the untimely accidental death of Patriarch Petros VII.

Life

The future patriarch was born Nikolaos Choreftakis on the island of Crete in 1954. Nikolaos completed his early education in schools on Crete. Continuing his education, he graduated from the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School in Athens and earned a degree from the Theological Faculty of the Aristotelian University of Thessalonica. He also studied the history of art, literature, and philosophy in Odessa.

Having taken monastic vows and receiving the name Theodoros, he was ordained a deacon. From 1975 to 1985, Dn. Theodoros served as archdeacon and chancellor of the holy Metropolis of Lambis and Sfakion in Crete. Here he developed significant preaching and philanthropic activities, such as at hostels for needy youth. From 1985 to 1990, during the tenure of Patriarchs Nicholas VI and Parthenios as Patriarchs of Alexandria, he served as Patriarchal Exarch in Russia, based in Odessa, Ukraine. There he established the Institution of Hellenic Culture and the Philiki Eteria Museum where 600 children were taught a thorough knowledge of Greek.

In 1990, he was consecrated bishop with the title of the formerly distinguished Diocese of Kyrēnē with the added appointment as representative of Patr. Parthenios in Athens. In this position he always accompanied Patr. Parthenios on his travels throughout Africa and to many international, interfaith, and Theological conferences.

In 1997, he was appointed Patriarchal Vicar by Patriarch Petros VII, to assist the new patriarch at the outset of his patriarchate. Ten months later Bp. Theodoros was elected Metropolitan of Cameroon. As the leader of this missionary diocese, Metr. Theodoros greatly expanded the missionary activity in the diocese. He encouraged the building of churches, schools, and hospitals, as well as helping many Africans and Hellenes.

In 2002, Metr. Theodoros was transferred to the holy Metropolis of Zimbabwe, where he established four missionary centers in Harare, a Hellenic Cultural Center that could hold 400 delegates, two large missionary centers in Malawi, with a hospital, technical schools, and nursery schools. Aided by the Greek Parliament he renovated the Hellenic Square (School-Church-Vicarage) in Beira, Mozambique. He founded churches and contributed to the establishment of the Hellenic Communities of Botswana and Angola.

On October 9, 2004, Metr. Theodoros was unanimously elected by the Synod of the Alexandrian Throne as Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, succeeding Patriarch Petros VII who was tragically killed in a helicopter accident. The enthronement ceremony took place at the Cathedral of Annunciation in Alexandria, on October 24, 2004. Present were distinguished ecclesiastical and civilian representatives and great number of faithful. His general missionary activity, as well as his affable character, are the reason behind the love felt towards him by all Africans, as well as by the communities of the Hellenes and Arabs of Egypt and All Africa.


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Theodoros II (Choreftakis) of Alexandria
Preceded by:
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Bishop of Kyrene (Vicar)
1990-1997
Succeeded by:
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Preceded by:
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Patriarchal Vicar
1997
Succeeded by:
?
Preceded by:
Petros VII
Metropolitan of Cameroon
1998-2002
Succeeded by:
Dimitrios (Zaharengas)
Preceded by:
Kyrillos (Cyril) Econompoulos
Metropolitan of Zimbabwe
2002-2004
Succeeded by:
George (Vladimirou)
Preceded by:
Petros VII
Patriarch of Alexandria
2004-present
Succeeded by:
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