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Dimitris Melissanidis Becomes an Official of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

09 January 2014

The Holy Church of Christ, through the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos, honored Dimitris Melissanidis with the title of Curopalates, one of the Church’s highest honorary offices.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos granted Mr. Melissanidis the title of Curopalates immediately after the Divine Liturgy of Theophania and the Great Blessing of the Patriarchal Holy Church of Saint George in Phanari.
In his remarks, the Ecumenical Patriarch said that the new Official of the Church was honored for his sincere devotion to the Mother Church, for his humility and his willingness to offer to the pious and noble descendants of Pontos, as well as his other charitable initiatives.
This is the first time since 1453 that the title of Curopalates has been awarded. In the Eastern Roman Empire the Curopalates were charged with significant responsibilities of the imperial Palace and important aspects of public life.
Metropolitan Pavlos of Drama and Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis, among others, attended the ceremony.
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