7 November 2010
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and all Africa has ordained two new bishops to serve Mozambique and Central Africa. At the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria, the members of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church joined Pope Theodoros II in the ordination ceremony of Bishop Nikiphoros of Central Africa and Bishop Ioannis of Mozambique.
In a previous meeting, the Holy Synod had decreed the establishment of new bishoprics and dioceses in Africa, including one in Botswana under Bishop Gennadios.
Bishop Nikiphoros was born in Salonik in 1949 and took orders in 1971. He taught at the seminary in Mount Athos in 1977, was ordained a priest in 1978. Since 2006 he has been an active member in the Orthodox University of St Athanasius in Congo.
Bishop Ioannis was born in 1969 on the Greek island of Zakynthos, and was ordained archmendrite in 1998 in Zambia. He served in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Egypt.