Christodoulos (Paraskevaides) of Athens
Christodoulos 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.
- "Christodoulos [has] often stirred controversy with politically tinged statements. He was instrumental in attempts to improve ties with the Catholic Church; in 2001, Christodoulos received in Athens Pope John Paul II - the first pope to visit Greece in nearly 1,300 years - ignoring loud protests from Orthodox zealots. He followed up last year  with a historic visit to the Vatican, where he and Pope Benedict XVI signed a joint declaration calling for inter-religious dialogue and restating opposition to abortion and euthanasia. In Greece, politicians accused the archbishop of meddling in their affairs, angered by his vocal criticism of everything from homosexuality and globalization to Turkey's efforts to join the European Union and a recent government effort to tone down nationalism in school history books." (1)
In June 2007 the Archbishop was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer after undergoing intestinal surgery in Athens. He then waited 50 days in Miami for a compatible liver to become available, however the transplant was halted in October 2007 after tumors were found in the archbishop's abdominal cavity.
- Listing at the Orthodox Research Institute
- "Jesus Christ in the Theology of Saint Gregory of Nyssa." 1 September, 1998.
- "The Society of People in the Time of Post-Neoterism, of Holisticity and of Globalizaton." 1 January, 1999.
- "The Word and Role of Orthodoxy in the European Union." 1 January, 1999.
- "In honor and memory of General George Marshall." 1 January, 1999.
- "On Globalization." 1 August, 1999.
- "TRANSPLANTS AND MAN: The view of the Church." 8 November, 1999. Transl. Dr Nikolaos C. Petropoulos.
- "On the Events of September 11, 2001." 11 September, 2001.
- "The Presence of the Church on the Horizon of Europe." 1 January, 2003.
- "Address of H.B. Christodoulos, the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, to the Members of the Presidium of the Conference of European Churches." 3 March, 2003.
- “Orthodox Theology and Ecumenical dialogue.” 1 June, 2003
- "Futurum." 1 June, 2003.
- "The Apostle Paul between Athens and Jerusalem." 10 June, 2004.
- "The Course of the EU and the Attitude of the Church." 27 February, 2006. Transl. Dr Nikolaos C. Petropoulos.
- Address to the Conference organised by the Synodal Committee on European Issues, entitled “Islam: the extent of the problematics.” 12 May, 2007. Transl. Dr Nikolaos C. Petropoulos.