Alexandria of Egypt (Agenzia Fides) – The Synod of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, held at the Patriarchal Center of Alexandria of Egypt from 15 to 17 November under the chairmanship of Patriarch Theodoros II, has decided to restore the institute of female deacons, and has appointed a commission of Bishops “for a thorough examination of the matter”. This is what official sources of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria report. The potential role of female deaconesses in the missionary work was presented in a report to the synodal Assembly by Metropolitan Gregorios of Cameroon. In the final communiqué of the synodal Assembly, sent to Agenzia Fides, the members of the Synod of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria wanted to stress that “the different approaches to the problems of the Church’s life are not for us deviations from Orthodox truths, but represent adjustments to the African reality”.
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