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New Greek Orthodox Leader Enthroned

September 22, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Archbishop Spyridon was enthroned as the first U.S.-born head of the Greek Orthodox church in America, promising to build a Christian ministry relevant to life in a multiethnic country. "We must love those who are different," he told a congregation of more than 1,000 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Spyridon, 51, succeeds Archbishop Iakovos, 85, who retired in July after serving 37 years as spiritual leader of 2 million Greek Orthodox faithful in North and South America. That archdiocese now has been divided into four, and Spyridon heads only the United States metropolitanate.

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