Monday, January 28, 2008

Archbishop Christodoulos Passed Away

4-Day National Mourning

Late Archbishop Christodoulos, who breathed his last on Monday dawn after a seven-month battle with cancer, will be buried in the highest state honors at Athens’ First Cemetery on coming Thursday. Church bells have been tolling since early in the morning, while flags in public buildings and schools have been flying at half mast throughout Greece. Christodoulos’ mortal remains have been lying in state at the Athens Cathedral. A joint ministerial decision singed by the Ministers of Interior, Finance, Health, Education and National Defence, declared a four-day period of national mourning, while the day of his funeral all public agencies and schools will remain closed.

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