Monday, April 11, 2005

Archbishop Iakovos dies

Now another monumental religious figure of this age has completed his grace filled journey and been called to the Lord. Retired Archbishop Iakovos, who led the Greek Orthodox Church in the Americas for 37 years, has died. He was a pioneer of authentic Christian Ecumenism, especially in the US and a vigorous witness for social justice, marching with Dr King in Selma. He greatly developed excellent relations between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church here in NY and in the US. All pray that he now receives the welcome of the Lord he served so faithfully, so long and so masterfully.