Thursday, December 6, 2018

The mission field in Africa continues to bear fruit

(OCMC) - The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria convened last week, presided by His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. During the synod, they made a number of major updates in the hierarchy of the Church of Africa.

Firstly, they established one new metropolis and five new dioceses throughout Africa:
  • Metropolis of Kananga
  • Diocese of Malawi
  • Diocese of Gulu and Eastern Uganda
  • Diocese of Toliara and Southern Madagascar
  • Diocese of Goma
  • Diocese of Kisangani
Additionally, they elected several new bishops:
  • Metropolitan-elect Daniel for the Metropolis of Axum
  • Metropolitan-elect Theodosios for the Metropolis of Kananga
  • Bishop-elect Fotios for the Diocese of Malawi
  • Bishop-elect Sylvestros for the Diocese of Gulu and Eastern Uganda
  • Bishop-elect Prodromos for the Diocese of Toliara and Southern Madagascar
All of these changes and developments reflect a growing Orthodox Church throughout Africa, and so we are very excited to hear about them! Please keep each of these bishops in your prayers, as well as all the Orthodox Christians of Africa, as they persevere to cultivate their churches and continue sharing the Gospel with all those around them.

Also, please continue to keep His Grace Bishop Athanasius of Kisumu and Western Kenya in your prayers after having fallen critically ill during a visit to the United States. May God strengthen and heal him, and may He comfort the faithful of His Grace's diocese.

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