Benedict (Papadopoulos) of Jerusalem

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His Beatitude Benedict of Jerusalem was the Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Church of Jerusalem from 1957 to 1980.

Patr. Benedict was born in 1892. He was elected patriarch on January 29, 1957, succeeding Patr. Timotheos who had died over a year earlier. With his election the Jordanian government approved a law establishing new regulations concerning relations between the Confraternity of the Holy Sepulchre (Brotherhood of the Sepulchre - Hagiotaphites Brotherhood) and the indigenous Arab community of the Orthodox Church. While the rules gave the Arab laity a role in the financial affairs of the Patriarchate, and required that the candidates for the offices of the patriarchate be citizens of Jordan, lobbying by the patriarchate with the Jordanians soon resulted in the death of the reforms.

Following his election, Patr. Benedict actively pursued a rehabilitation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Starting in 1961, the structure was completely rehabilitated, including repair of the foundations, and cisterns, and restoration of the interior and exterior walls. Thousand of stones were replaced including removal of old and injection of new mortar. Columns were replaced and new capitals added where needed. However, on December 11, 1980, as the rotunda dome was finished, further restoration of the church came to a halt with the death of Patr. Benedict.

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Benedict (Papadopoulos) of Jerusalem
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Patriarch of Jerusalem
Succeeded by:
Diodoros I (Karivalis)
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Further reading

  • Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. “Patriarch Benedict of Jerusalem” (obituary). Sobornost (incorporating Eastern Churches Review), new series 3.1 (1981), 102.
  • -----. “Patriarch Seeks Aid for Shrines in Jerusalem”. The Globe and Mail. Thursday September 28, 1961. Page 5.
"The presence of the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Benedictos the I, in Toronto, if only briefly, is interpreted as a sign Christian shrines in the Holy Land are no longer in any real danger of exposure to Israeli-Jordanian crossfire. His Beatitude left here today after a two-day visit on the first stop of a North American tour. His purpose is to raise $3,000,000 to restore the crumbling shrines, among them the Church of the Holy Sepulchre."

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