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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]].
Metr. Meliton was born in Imvros (Gokceada), Turkey, on [[March 14]], 1951. He graduated from the Theological School of Thessaloniki from which he also received his Ph.D. in 1986. He was [[ordination|ordained]] as [[deacon]] in 1974 by his Elder, Meliton, Metropolitan of Chalcedon, and as [[priest]] in 1990. 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. From 1987 to 1989, he accompanied Ecumenical Patriarch [[Demitrius Demetrius I of Constantinople|Demetrius]] on his official visits to other Orthodox churches.

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