Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem Meets Former Patriarch Irenaios of Jerusalem

Getty Images – March 2016

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III (R) is greeted by the former ousted Patriarch of Jerusalem, monk Irenaios (L) upon the occasion of the Patriarchs name day in a rare meeting between erstwhile foes after 11 years of detachment and a self-imposed confinement of the latter, on March 22, 2016 during a reception at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalems Old City. The church deposed Irenaios in 2005 over allegations he signed a land deal handing over prime church properties to Jews who seek to increase their presence in predominantly Arab east Jerusalem, which Palestinians want for capital of a future state. Irenaios refused to recognize his ouster, and locked himself in a room in the patriarchate. / AFP / GALI TIBBON

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