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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 March 2019
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Archbishop Stylianos with the daughter of Tom Koutsandonis, former treasurer of South Australia. In the foreground from left to right: Georgios Papadopoulos (prime minister of the Junta), Archbishop Ieronimos I, Stylianos Pattakos (member of the Junta), Priest Dionysios Roussas (current Metropolitan of Thessaloniki) (image from the cover of the book “Scourge of God” by M. Vasilakis). Can you spot Archbishop Stylianos in the background during this ceremony? He’s in the second row from the back. Archbishop Stylianos, a life of strength and service A powerful figure, not just within the confines of the Greek Orthodox community but in the wider world GEORGE MPLIOKAS, MARY SINANIDIS, NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU The news of Australia's Archbishop Stylianos passing at 6pm on Monday, the Greek Independence Day holiday, sent shock-waves rippling through the Greek community. He would have been 84 in December, and had contributed greatly to the country's religious and cultural life since taking the helm of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia in 1975. A giant of a figure, he welcomed people regardless of their religious affiliation and despite being outspoken, he was a man of great open-mindedness, tolerance and kindness with views that sometimes contradicted traditional beliefs. His bravery was honoured, and for this reason friends and foes came together with respect to pay their tributes to a man who was simply larger than life. Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Terens Quick held a moment of silence in honour of the late religious leader at an event he was attending in Melbourne, while tributes flowed from leaders far and wide. Condolence messages were sent from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, opposition leader Bill Shorten, state premiers Daniel Andrews and Gladys Berejiklian and many more. Priests from across the city gathered for a set of morning prayers on Wednesday, before a private meeting of clergy took place inside the nave of the Annunciation Cathedral. Senior priests also engaged with teams of local police, as authorities formulated plans to close off the section of Cleveland Street in front of the Archdiocese gates for Friday's public viewing and Trisagion service. Officials at the Archdiocese complex considered floor plans and outdoor spaces with the intention of erecting overhead covers for the thousands of delegates and faithful expected to attend both days' events. Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew designated Metropolitan Archbishop Panteleimon of Vryoula to officiate Saturday's funeral as the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Panteleimon, who was elevated to Metropolitan in 2018, previously served as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Australia with posts in Adelaide and Mel- bourne. Crowds came to pay their last respects to the amazing man who touched and inspired the lives of so many. FROM CRETE TO AUSTRALIA Born Stylianos Harkianakis on 29 December 1935, in Rethymnon, on the island of Crete, the primate was a theologian who specialised in ecclesiology and was also an award-winning poet and a great champion of the Greek Orthodox education system in Australia that would not exist in its current form and breadth if it weren't for his efforts. The church in Australia thrived thanks to his presence as he was a force to be reckoned with, managing to expand the Greek Orthodox Church's presence in the country. The inaugural and permanent Chairman of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia and Dean of Saint Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College, a huge gap will be left by his death. The primate's tenure was also marked by controversy with dozens of churches leaving the helm of the Archdiocese and other problems with the secular Greek community that prompted negative media reports. He was also at odds with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew over numerous issues of jurisdiction though the Patriarch recognised his drive over the years. The appointment of a locum tenens (temporary hierarch who will oversee the Archdiocese), will be followed by the selection of a new Archbishop by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonia told Neos Kosmos that he was beside Archbishop Stylianos when he died, and he departed this world "calm and quiet on the day of the Annunciation." He added that there had been some difficulties with the primate's health recently. Crowds of mourners gathered to pay their last respect at the Annunciation of Our Lady at 4pm yesterday, some staying until late for readings from the Holy Gospel. A funeral service will be held in Redfern at 11.30am today, following a divine liturgy from 7am this morning. The primate helped expand the Greek Orthodox education system in Australia. John Rerekas and his wife were honored to have Archbishop Stylianos conduct their wedding. “We will never forget his speech and his love and passion for Crete,” John said. Archbishop died on 25 March, Greece’s Independence Day.
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