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His Eminence, the Most Reverend '''Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Zimbabwe''' is the Metropolitan of the [[Archdiocese of Zimbabwe]] in eastern Africa, part of the Greek Orthodox [[Church of Alexandria|Patriarchate of Alexandria]] and All Africa. Prior to his assignment to Zimbabwe Metr. Seraphim was Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
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[[File:Seraphim Kykkotis.jpg|thumb|His Eminence Seraphim of Zimbabwe]]
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His Eminence, the Most Reverend '''Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Zimbabwe''' is the [[Archdiocese of Zimbabwe|Archbishop of Zimbabwe]] and Exarch of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique), part of the [[Church of Alexandria]]. Prior to his assignment to Zimbabwe Archbishop Seraphim was [[Archdiocese of Johannesburg|Archbishop of Johannesburg]] and [[Archdiocese of Nairobi|Archbishop of Kenya]].
  
==Life==
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== Life ==
George Philip Iakovou was born on [[February 2]], 1961 in Galataria, Paphos. George knew that he wanted to serve God at an early age. At the age of twelve years he was accepted as a [[novice]], with the name Seraphim, at the [[Monastery]] of Kykkos on the island of Cyprus. The young Seraphim was a very good student, first attending the Pan-Cypriot High School and then the Lyceum of Kykkos from which he graduated in 1982, with honors.
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George Philip Iakovou was born on [[February 2]], 1961 in Galataria, Paphos. George knew that he wanted to serve God at an early age so, at the age of twelve years, he was accepted as a [[novice]], with the name Seraphim, at the [[Monastery of Kykkos (Cyprus)|Monastery of Kykkos]] on the island of Cyprus (hence the surname Kykkotis). Besides from working with agriculture at the monastery, the young Seraphim was a very good student, first attending the Pan-Cypriot High School and then the Lyceum of Kykkos from which he graduated with honors in 1982.
  
On [[September 8]], 1983, Seraphim was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[hierodeacon]] by His Eminence Chrysostomos, [[Archbishop]] of Cyprus. He continued his education with studies at the Theological Faculty of the National Kapodistrias University of Athens from which he graduated in 1987. During the period he attended the theological faculty, Fr. Deacon Seraphim served with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Seraphim of Athens as a [[deacon]] in the [[archdiocese]]. Upon return to Kykkos in Cyprus, Fr. Deacon Seraphim served as treasurer of the monastery.
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On [[September 8]], 1983, Seraphim was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[Deacon|hierodeacon]] by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Nea Justiniana (1977–2006). He was then transferred from the [[Church of Cyprus]] to the [[Church of Greece]] under Archbishop [[Seraphim (Tikas) of Athens|Seraphim of Athens]] (1974–2004) in order to continue his education at the Theological School of the University of Athens, from which he graduated in 1987. During the period he attended the theological faculty, Hierodeacon Seraphim also served in Athens. Upon return to Kykkos in Cyprus, he was chosen treasurer of the monastery.
  
From 1988 to 1993, he continued his education in Great Britain, studying English and patristics at the Universities of Oxford and Durham under the Professor of Orthodox Theology, His Grace [[Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia|Kallistos Ware]]. He continued his studies in patristics at Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts, graduating with a Master’s degree in Patristics. While pursuing his education Fr. Deacon Seraphim was ordained a [[priest]] on [[August 15]], 1991, and was raised to the dignity of [[archimandrite]]. In 1993, Arch. Seraphim became a member of the department of post-graduate studies at Athens University, specializing in Theology. During this period Arch. Seraphim served as a priest in the Archdioceses of Thyateira and Great Britain and Athens.
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From 1988 to 1991, Hierodeacon Seraphim continued his education in Great Britain, studying English and Patristics at the Universities of Oxford and Durham under His Eminence [[Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia|Kallistos (Ware)]], then Bishop of Dioclea (1982–2007), Professor of Orthodox Theology at Oxford. He continued his studies in Patristics at [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Seminary]] in Massachusetts, graduating with a Master’s degree in Patristics.
  
On [[September 28]], 1997, [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] Archbishop of Kenya by His Beatitude Petros VII, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa and enthroned on [[November 16]], 1997. Additionally, between 1997 and 2001, Abp. Seraphim served as Director of Archbishop [[Makarios III (Mouskos) of Cyprus|Makarios III]] of Cyprus Patriarchal [[Seminary]] in Nairobi. On [[March 18]], 2001, Abp. Seraphim was enthroned Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria, as the successor to the deceased Abp. Ioannis.  
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While pursuing his education Hierodeacon Seraphim was ordained to the Holy [[Priest]]hood on [[August 15]], 1991, and was raised to the dignity of [[Archimandrite]] on the same day. In 1993, Archimandrite Seraphim became a member of the Department of Post-Graduate Studies at the University of Athens, specializing in Theology. During this period he served as priest in the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain|Archdiocese of Thyateira]], and then in the Archdiocese of Athens.
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Following the steps of other pupils of Bishop Kallistos such as Archimandrite [[Makarios (Tillyrides) of Nairobi|Makarios Tillyrides]], current [[Archdiocese of Nairobi|Archbishop of Nairobi]], Archimandrite Seraphim decided to join the East African Mission. He was received by Archbishop [[Petros VII (Papapetrou) of Alexandria|Petros I (Papapetrou) of Accra]] (1990–1994), later Patriarch of Alexandria (1997–2004), who served from 1991 to 1994 as Vicar of East Africa for the vacant [[Archdiocese of Nairobi|Archdiocese of Irinoupolis]].
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At that time, both Archimandrite Makarios and Archimandrite [[Jonah (Lwanga) of Kampala|Jonah Lwanga]] were elevated to episcopacy, Makarios as titular Bishop of Riruta in Kenya and Jonah as titular [[Archdiocese of Mwanza|Bishop of Bukoba]] in Tanzania. Archimandrite Seraphim helped both bishops on their missionary activities. Together, the three joined the [[Syndesmos|Syndesmos Orthodox Youth Movement]] because they believed in the catechism of children as one of the primary goals of the Church.
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In 1994, the Holy Synod under Patriarch [[Parthenios III (Koinidis) of Alexandria|Parthenios III]] (1987–1996) changed the name of the Archdiocese of Irinoupolis to Archdiocese of Kenya and elected Archbishop [[Irenaeus (Talambekos) of Pelusium|Irenaeus (Talambekos) of Carthage]] (1990–1994) as Archbishop of Kenya (1994–1997). He was the first archbishop since the vacancy during 1981 to 1994. Archbishop Petros, no longer vicar, also had his title and see renamed to [[Archdiocese of Cameroon]].
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In 1997, Archbishop Petros was elected Patriarch of Alexandria following the repose of Patriarch Parthenios. Under his recommendation, the Holy Synod elevated Bishop Jonah to the [[Archdiocese of Kampala]], having jurisdiction over Uganda. Patriarch Petros also asked Bishop Makarios to leave the [[Orthodox Patriarchal Ecclesiastical School of Makarios III|Ecclesiastical School of Makarios III]] in Riruta, which he helped found, and head to Alexandria, where he was made Director of the Patriarchal Library. Archimandrite Seraphim was then chosen as Director of the seminary in Riruta.
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In the same year, the Holy Synod also promoted Archbishop Irenaeus to the [[Archdiocese of Pelusium]] in Egypt. Now that both Archimandrite Makarios and Archbishop Irenaeus were in Egypt, Archimandrite Seraphim acted as the Vicar of Kenya and Tanzania.
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Five days later, on [[September 28]], 1997, also under Archbishop Petros' recommendation, the Holy Synod elected Archimandrite Seraphim as Archbishop of Kenya, with jurisdiction also over Tanzania. He was enthroned on [[November 16]], 1997. His suffragan Diocese of Bukoba in Tanzania, in which Jonah served as bishop before his promotion, also received a new hierarch, Bishop Porphyrios (Skikos) (1997–1999). In the following year, Bishop Makarios was elected [[Archdiocese of Zimbabwe|Archbishop of Zimbabwe]] and Exarch of Southern Africa. Today, the three hierarchs are the oldest living members of the Holy Synod in terms of episcopacy.  
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After the repose of Archbishop [[John (Zachariou) of Johannesburg|Ioannis (Zachariou) of Johannesburg]] (1998–2000), the Holy Synod decided that Archbishop Seraphim would succeed him as [[Archdiocese of Johannesburg|Archbishop of Johannesburg]], while Archbishop Makarios would become Archbishop of Kenya and Archimandrite [[George (Vladimirou) of Guinea|George Vladimirou]] would be the new Archbishop of Zimbabwe. His Eminence then left the seminary of Riruta. On [[February 22]], 2001, His Eminence Seraphim was consecrated Archbishop of Johannesburg. He was enthroned on [[March 18]], 2001.
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In 2005, with the help of the new Patriarch, His Beatitude [[Theodoros II (Choreftakis) of Alexandria|Theodoros II]], His Eminence inaugurated the male [[Monastery of St Nektarius (Leeuwenkloof, Pretoria)|Monastery of Saint Nectarios]], the first monastery of South Africa. Archbishop Seraphim wanted to provide a monastic institution in his see that would provide the Orthodox community with a spiritual sanctuary for monks and clergy in South Africa.
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In October 2010, a rearrangement of diocesan responsibilities was made within the Patriarchate of Alexandria to accommodate additional duties for Archbishop Seraphim as a patriarchal representative. As part of the rearrangement, on [[October 10]] His Eminence was transferred to the smaller Archdiocese of Zimbabwe, while Archbishop George was transferred to the [[Archdiocese of Accra]], replacing Archbishop [[Damaskinos (Papandreou) of Johannesburg|Damaskinos (Papandreou)]] who succeeded Seraphim as Archbishop of Johannesburg.
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In his new position, His Eminence became the representative of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in major religious events and conferences, including the European Union and the United Nations. Archbishop Seraphim also attended the Council of Crete in 2016. In 2018, His Eminence visited the United States and met with Metropolitan [[Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington]]. They discussed the relations between the [[Orthodox Church in America|Church of America]] and the Patriarchate of Alexandria, noting the initiatives of aid to the African Church, such as in Kenya where Bishop [[David (Mahaffey) of Sitka]] (2014–2020) assisted the construction of a church in [[Diocese of Eldoret|Eldoret]] and at the Ecclesiastical School of Riruta where [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|Saint Vladimir's Theological Seminary]] donated many books.
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Despite the recognition by the Alexandrian Church of the alternative synod placed by the [[Church of Constantinople|Patriarchate of Constantinople]] in Ukraine, His Eminence criticizes the way His Holiness [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew of Constantinople]] granted autocephaly to it without dialogue and considers His Eminence Onufriy (Berezovski) of Kiev as the rightful hierarch of Ukraine.
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Archbishop Seraphim considers himself an ecologist. He stresses that everything one has received from God must be given back, without corruption. For him, hunger and poverty in Africa are a result of our sins and selfishness.
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: “Because Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are everywhere present and fill all things, this gives us a holy vision in which we recognize that the life of God exists in all things, everywhere in the world. We must have respect for all things in the creation and treat every living thing, every person, every animal, every bird, every tree and every leaf with love, care and respect. As Orthodox Christians we inspire others by living our Christian faith. This is also our most powerful way of teaching. The scriptures tell us many things about the right operation of the earth. As Orthodox Christians we must strive to fulfill all of the Biblical teachings. Today we realize that the best ecologists are the saints. They often tame wild animals, bring healing to people and the earth, and teach a gentle, kind and loving way toward all things.”
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His Eminence observes his name day on [[January 2]] in memory of [[Seraphim of Sarov|Saint Seraphim of Sarov]].
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== Sources ==
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* [http://www.patriarchateofalexandria.com/index.php?module=content&cid=004001  Alexandria Patriarchate Archdiocese website]
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* [http://www.greece.org:8080/opencms/opencms/HEC_Organizations/gopatalex/sa/Our_Archbishop_.html  His Eminence Archbishop Seraphim]
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* [http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/alexandria/current/bio_seraphim_metr_johannesburg.htm Archbishop Seraphim of Johannesburg and Pretoria]
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* [http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/298657  New Orthodox Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria  8 October 2010]
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* [http://www.amen.gr/index.php?mod=news&op=article&aid=3617  Amen.gr] (in Greek)
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* [https://orthodoxsynaxis.org/2020/03/10/met-seraphim-kykkotis-of-zimbabwe-the-sunday-of-orthodoxy-and-the-ukrainian-crisis/ Orthodox Synaxis: The Sunday of Orthodoxy and the Ukrainian Crisis]
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* [https://www.oca.org/media/photos/19th-aac-highlights-metropolitan-tikhon-meets-with-metropolitan-seraphim-of Orthodox Church in America: Metropolitan Tikhon meets with Metropolitan Seraphim]
  
In October 2010, a rearrangement of diocesan responsibilities was made within the patriarchate of Alexandria to accommodated additional duties for Abp. Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Johannesburg and Pretoria as a patriarchal representative. As part of the rearrangement, Abp. Seraphim was transferred to the smaller Archdiocese of Zimbabwe. Abp. [[George (Vladimirou) of Accra|George (Vladimirou)]] of Zimbabwe was transferred to lead the Archdiocese of Accra, replacing Abp. [[Damaskinos (Papandreou) of Johannesburg and Pretoria|Damaskinos (Papandreou)]] who succeeded Abp. Seraphim as Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
 
  
His Eminence observes his Names day on [[January 2]] in memory of St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]].
 
 
 
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before=[[George (Vladimirou) of Zimbabwe|George (Vladimirou)]]|
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before=[[George (Vladimirou) of Guinea|George (Vladimirou)]]|
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==Sources==
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[[Category:University of Athens Theology School Graduates]]
*[http://www.greece.org:8080/opencms/opencms/HEC_Organizations/gopatalex/sa/Our_Archbishop_.html  His Eminence Archbishop Seraphim]
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[[Category:University of Oxford Faculty of Theology and Religion Graduates]]
*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/hierarchs/alexandria/current/bio_seraphim_metr_johannesburg.htm Archbishop Seraphim of Johannesburg and Pretoria]
 
*[http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/298657  New Orthodox Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria  8 October 2010]
 
*[http://www.amen.gr/index.php?mod=news&op=article&aid=3617  Amen.gr] In Greek
 
 
 
==External link==
 
*[http://www.patriarchateofalexandria.com/index.php?module=content&cid=004001  Alexandria Patriarchate Archdiocese website]
 
 
 
 
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[[Category:Bishops of Nairobi]]
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[[Category:Bishops of Zimbabwe]]
 
[[Category:Bishops of Zimbabwe]]
[[Category:20th-21st-century bishops]]
 
[[Category: University of Athens Theology School Graduates]]
 

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His Eminence Seraphim of Zimbabwe

His Eminence, the Most Reverend Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Zimbabwe is the Archbishop of Zimbabwe and Exarch of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique), part of the Church of Alexandria. Prior to his assignment to Zimbabwe Archbishop Seraphim was Archbishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Kenya.

Life

George Philip Iakovou was born on February 2, 1961 in Galataria, Paphos. George knew that he wanted to serve God at an early age so, at the age of twelve years, he was accepted as a novice, with the name Seraphim, at the Monastery of Kykkos on the island of Cyprus (hence the surname Kykkotis). Besides from working with agriculture at the monastery, the young Seraphim was a very good student, first attending the Pan-Cypriot High School and then the Lyceum of Kykkos from which he graduated with honors in 1982.

On September 8, 1983, Seraphim was ordained a hierodeacon by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Nea Justiniana (1977–2006). He was then transferred from the Church of Cyprus to the Church of Greece under Archbishop Seraphim of Athens (1974–2004) in order to continue his education at the Theological School of the University of Athens, from which he graduated in 1987. During the period he attended the theological faculty, Hierodeacon Seraphim also served in Athens. Upon return to Kykkos in Cyprus, he was chosen treasurer of the monastery.

From 1988 to 1991, Hierodeacon Seraphim continued his education in Great Britain, studying English and Patristics at the Universities of Oxford and Durham under His Eminence Kallistos (Ware), then Bishop of Dioclea (1982–2007), Professor of Orthodox Theology at Oxford. He continued his studies in Patristics at Holy Cross Seminary in Massachusetts, graduating with a Master’s degree in Patristics.

While pursuing his education Hierodeacon Seraphim was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on August 15, 1991, and was raised to the dignity of Archimandrite on the same day. In 1993, Archimandrite Seraphim became a member of the Department of Post-Graduate Studies at the University of Athens, specializing in Theology. During this period he served as priest in the Archdiocese of Thyateira, and then in the Archdiocese of Athens.

Following the steps of other pupils of Bishop Kallistos such as Archimandrite Makarios Tillyrides, current Archbishop of Nairobi, Archimandrite Seraphim decided to join the East African Mission. He was received by Archbishop Petros I (Papapetrou) of Accra (1990–1994), later Patriarch of Alexandria (1997–2004), who served from 1991 to 1994 as Vicar of East Africa for the vacant Archdiocese of Irinoupolis.

At that time, both Archimandrite Makarios and Archimandrite Jonah Lwanga were elevated to episcopacy, Makarios as titular Bishop of Riruta in Kenya and Jonah as titular Bishop of Bukoba in Tanzania. Archimandrite Seraphim helped both bishops on their missionary activities. Together, the three joined the Syndesmos Orthodox Youth Movement because they believed in the catechism of children as one of the primary goals of the Church.

In 1994, the Holy Synod under Patriarch Parthenios III (1987–1996) changed the name of the Archdiocese of Irinoupolis to Archdiocese of Kenya and elected Archbishop Irenaeus (Talambekos) of Carthage (1990–1994) as Archbishop of Kenya (1994–1997). He was the first archbishop since the vacancy during 1981 to 1994. Archbishop Petros, no longer vicar, also had his title and see renamed to Archdiocese of Cameroon.

In 1997, Archbishop Petros was elected Patriarch of Alexandria following the repose of Patriarch Parthenios. Under his recommendation, the Holy Synod elevated Bishop Jonah to the Archdiocese of Kampala, having jurisdiction over Uganda. Patriarch Petros also asked Bishop Makarios to leave the Ecclesiastical School of Makarios III in Riruta, which he helped found, and head to Alexandria, where he was made Director of the Patriarchal Library. Archimandrite Seraphim was then chosen as Director of the seminary in Riruta.

In the same year, the Holy Synod also promoted Archbishop Irenaeus to the Archdiocese of Pelusium in Egypt. Now that both Archimandrite Makarios and Archbishop Irenaeus were in Egypt, Archimandrite Seraphim acted as the Vicar of Kenya and Tanzania.

Five days later, on September 28, 1997, also under Archbishop Petros' recommendation, the Holy Synod elected Archimandrite Seraphim as Archbishop of Kenya, with jurisdiction also over Tanzania. He was enthroned on November 16, 1997. His suffragan Diocese of Bukoba in Tanzania, in which Jonah served as bishop before his promotion, also received a new hierarch, Bishop Porphyrios (Skikos) (1997–1999). In the following year, Bishop Makarios was elected Archbishop of Zimbabwe and Exarch of Southern Africa. Today, the three hierarchs are the oldest living members of the Holy Synod in terms of episcopacy.

After the repose of Archbishop Ioannis (Zachariou) of Johannesburg (1998–2000), the Holy Synod decided that Archbishop Seraphim would succeed him as Archbishop of Johannesburg, while Archbishop Makarios would become Archbishop of Kenya and Archimandrite George Vladimirou would be the new Archbishop of Zimbabwe. His Eminence then left the seminary of Riruta. On February 22, 2001, His Eminence Seraphim was consecrated Archbishop of Johannesburg. He was enthroned on March 18, 2001.

In 2005, with the help of the new Patriarch, His Beatitude Theodoros II, His Eminence inaugurated the male Monastery of Saint Nectarios, the first monastery of South Africa. Archbishop Seraphim wanted to provide a monastic institution in his see that would provide the Orthodox community with a spiritual sanctuary for monks and clergy in South Africa.

In October 2010, a rearrangement of diocesan responsibilities was made within the Patriarchate of Alexandria to accommodate additional duties for Archbishop Seraphim as a patriarchal representative. As part of the rearrangement, on October 10 His Eminence was transferred to the smaller Archdiocese of Zimbabwe, while Archbishop George was transferred to the Archdiocese of Accra, replacing Archbishop Damaskinos (Papandreou) who succeeded Seraphim as Archbishop of Johannesburg.

In his new position, His Eminence became the representative of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in major religious events and conferences, including the European Union and the United Nations. Archbishop Seraphim also attended the Council of Crete in 2016. In 2018, His Eminence visited the United States and met with Metropolitan Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington. They discussed the relations between the Church of America and the Patriarchate of Alexandria, noting the initiatives of aid to the African Church, such as in Kenya where Bishop David (Mahaffey) of Sitka (2014–2020) assisted the construction of a church in Eldoret and at the Ecclesiastical School of Riruta where Saint Vladimir's Theological Seminary donated many books.

Despite the recognition by the Alexandrian Church of the alternative synod placed by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine, His Eminence criticizes the way His Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople granted autocephaly to it without dialogue and considers His Eminence Onufriy (Berezovski) of Kiev as the rightful hierarch of Ukraine.

Archbishop Seraphim considers himself an ecologist. He stresses that everything one has received from God must be given back, without corruption. For him, hunger and poverty in Africa are a result of our sins and selfishness.

“Because Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are everywhere present and fill all things, this gives us a holy vision in which we recognize that the life of God exists in all things, everywhere in the world. We must have respect for all things in the creation and treat every living thing, every person, every animal, every bird, every tree and every leaf with love, care and respect. As Orthodox Christians we inspire others by living our Christian faith. This is also our most powerful way of teaching. The scriptures tell us many things about the right operation of the earth. As Orthodox Christians we must strive to fulfill all of the Biblical teachings. Today we realize that the best ecologists are the saints. They often tame wild animals, bring healing to people and the earth, and teach a gentle, kind and loving way toward all things.”

His Eminence observes his name day on January 2 in memory of Saint Seraphim of Sarov.

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Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Zimbabwe
Preceded by:
Irenaeus (Talambekos)
Archbishop of Kenya
1997–2001
Succeeded by:
Makarios (Tillyrides)
Preceded by:
Ioannis (Zachariou)
Archbishop of Johannesburg
2001–2010
Succeeded by:
Damaskinos (Papandreou)
Preceded by:
George (Vladimirou)
Archbishop of Zimbabwe
2010–Present
Succeeded by:
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