EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): We just learned the news that Met. Kallistos Ware of Diokleia fell asleep in the Lord… An erudite theologian, he was always informed and passionate about his positions and never afraid of controversy. Our information says that the Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev (formerly in charge of the Foreign Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate – now leading Hungary’s Orthodox Church who was a student of Met. Kallistos) was next to him until the end and delivered Holy Communion to Kallistos… Which will certainly cause more controversy, as Met. Kallistos was supposedly under the Constantinople Patriarchate…
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia fell asleep in the Lord (upd)
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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia and hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne, has fallen asleep in the Lord today, August 24th (1934-2022) as reported by the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.
The Holy Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, “sadly announces the falling asleep of His Excellency Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia on Wednesday 24th August 2022.
A noted scholar, lecturer and author, and devout and faithful clergyman, a beloved spiritual father, His Excellency served Christ and His Church for many years. His words, spoken and written, made Orthodoxy known to the entire world, especially to his native land.
The clergy are asked to offer the appropriate memorial services and the faithful are asked to pray that God will receive his soul in His Kingdom and number him among the just.
When funeral arrangements are finalised, they will be made known to the public.
May his memory be eternal.”
The Metropolitan of Belgium via a post on his social media accounts said about the late hierarch: “We thank God for who he was and what he meant to the Orthodox Church worldwide and to humanity.
I myself was blessed to meet him from childhood, when my father regularly invited him to give lectures in Ghent (Belgium). I was also blessed to succeed him in the international dialogue between the Orthodox and Anglican Churches.
May his memory be eternal!”.