Titular Metropolitan of Achaia Athanasios (Chatzopoulos)
Director of the Representative Office of the Church of Greece to the European Union
Bld Saint-Michel 50 Bruxelles 1040 Belgique

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He was born in Athens, Greece, in 1950. He graduated from the Department of Byzantine and Neohellenic Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Athens (1972) and from the Faculty of Theology of the same University (1976). He got a Licenza from the Oriental Institute in Rome (1978). He followed a course in German language with a scholarship of the Ostkirchliche Institut in Regensburg. He spent a year in Paris for studies in the Institut Catholique and the Sorbonne University. He got a scholarship from the Catholic Church for three years (1977-1980). He got a D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 1984. He was the Keeper of Manuscripts of the National Library of Greece from 1983-1994. Between 1994-1997 he was Professor of the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey. In 1997 he was appointed one of the first Professors of the Institute of Higher Studies of Chambésy in Geneva, where he taught till 2000. Since 2000 he is the director of the Office of the Representation of the Church of Greece to the European Institutions and he resides in Brussels.

He was ordained as a deacon and then as a priest in 1991. He became bishop in 2000. He was promoted to the rank of a titular Metropolitan on August 31, 2007 retaining his title of Achaia. In 1998 he represented the Church of Greece to the 8th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare, Zimbabue. He was also a delegate of the Church of Greece at the 9th General Assembly of the WCC in Porto Alegre, Brasil. He participated in the official Anglican- Orthodox Dialogue as representative of the Orthodox Church of Albania and he was one of the members of the first official delegation of the Church of Greece to the Holy See in March 2002. He was a member of the Central Committee of the Conference of European Churches and a member of the Mixted International Theological Committee on Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman-Catholic Church. He has published several studies on the history of Christian faith and spirituality. He speaks Greek, English, French and Italian.


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