Greece’s most patriotic Archbishop died on this day in 2008

The Archbishop

Born Christos Paraskevaidis in Xanthi, Archbishop Christodoulos was a theologian and Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Greece from 1998 until his death.

At a young age, he and his family fled their homes to escape the Bulgarian occupation during WWII.

In Athens, he completed his education.

Studying Law, he graduated from the University of Athens in 1962 and from the Theological School in 1967.

He was first a priest in Piraeus for 9 years, then a bishop in Volos for 24 years, before his election as Archbishop in 1998.

He is one of the most revered Archbishops in Greece’s history.

His rapport with the Greek people and especially the youth was second to none.

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The funeral of Archbishop Christodoulos.

Tens of thousands would gather to hear him speak at rallies all over Greece, bringing thousands of Greeks back to the Church, while also being a strong advocate for maintaining Greece’s roots and traditions.

He constantly landed himself in conflicts with Greece’s corrupt politicians.

The Archbishop rejected rapprochement efforts with the Turks, handing over more of Greece’s sovereignty to the EU, rejection of the globalist agenda, efforts to change the various aspects of Greece’s education system, such as Greek history.

He also opposed efforts to diminish the Greek Orthodox Church’s role in Greek society and provided strong vocal opposition to NATO’s bombing of the Serbs.

He is also credited with pressing the Catholic Pope, John Paul II, during a visit to Greece in 2001, to publicly apologise for the Catholic Crusaders sacking, destroying and looting Constantinople and murdering thousands of its inhabitants in 1204.

This crusade dealt a tremendous blow to Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire as a whole.

From 1453 to 1821, 11 Patriarchs of Constantinople, 100 Bishops and 6000 clergies, were martyred at the hands of the barbarian Ottomans and Archbishop Christodoulos was a worthy successor to their legacy.