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GREEK ORTHODOX HIERARCH TO VISITS SOUTH BEND

BISHOP HIGHLIGHTED NEED FOR UPCOMING 2017 INDIANA LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO PASS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESOLUTION – SOUTH BEND STATE SENATOR PLEDGES SUPPORT OF RESOLUTION

SOUTH BEND, IN: Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in South Bend on Sunday, November 27. Bishop Demetrios officiated Sunday Services and as well as updated parishioners on the status of the important resolution in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. While unable to attend Sunday Services, Indiana State Senator Mike Bohacek, who represents a portion South Bend, sent an important message to the parish indicating his full support of the resolution.

Greek Orthodox parishioners in Indiana are under the jurisdictions of the Metropolis of Chicago (Northwest Indiana) and the Metropolis of Detroit. They announced in September a new joint initiative to gain passage in Indiana of this important resolution which calls for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox worldwide. Similar resolutions have already been passed by 45 states, including all states neighboring Indiana, as well as the United States Congress and European Union to name a few.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos servers as the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just recently this year official recognition by the United States of the Genocide against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

Eastern Orthodox Christians are the second largest Christian church worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on His Grace Bishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website at www.Chicago.GoArch.org. More information on the Archons and the State Resolutions in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople can be found on their website at www.Archons.org.