Monday, February 28, 2011

Pope Theodoros Meets with Bishop of Madagascar

This past Saturday Pope Theodoros II (Horeftakis) of Alexandria met with Bishop Ignatios (Stavronikitis) of Antananarivo to discuss the pastoral work and missionary outreach of the Alexandrian Orthodox Church in Madagascar.

Orthodoxy was virtually extinct on the island, having been brought to Madagascar by Greek immigrants to Antananarivo, when Bishop Nectarios (Kellis) of blessed memory began his missionary labors there in 1994. Today the Diocese of Antananarivo consists of some 80 parishes served by 30 Madagascaran Orthodox priests. The Diocese also maintains 8 missionary centers, 16 schools, 3 technical colleges, 2 clinics, and a nursing home.

More on the recent meeting in Alexandria can be found here.

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