Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Theofilos III has now been installed as Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, even though the Israeli government is still debating formal approval. Irineos, however, is apparently still holed up in the patriarchal residence. The last issue of the International Journal of Middle East Studies had an article touching on the issue of Orthodox church lands and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but I haven't had time to read it. One interesting note is the attendance of a Qatari prince; Theofilos was the first Orthodox churchman to get involved in that Wahhabi state shortly after the current Emir came to power in the mid-1990's.