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Sorry, it's in Greece but a very brief summary with my translations brings the following information:

Metropolitan Ieronymos (33 votes) was elected new Archbishop of Greece at a bit before 11.30am this morning (Thursday 7th February 2008 ), defeating Evstathios of Sparta (26 votes). Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessalonika and Metropolitan Ignatius of Dimitriados were also candidates.

I don't know too much about Ieronymos... does anyone have any background information? 


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His Beatitude Ieronymos (Jerome),  was born in Oenophyta, Boeotia in 1938. His civil name is John Liapis. He studied Archaeology & Theology at Athens University. He enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Gratz, Austria & Munich, Germany. He worked as a Fellow Professor at the Athens Archaeological Society & later as a Teacher at the Leonteios School of Athens, at the 9th Athens Night School & at the Avlona High School. Shortly after his ordination to the priesthood, he became Chief Secretary of the Metropolis of Thebes & Levadeia  (1967-1978). He also served as Igumen of the Holy Monastery of Sagmata (Transfiguration of the Saviour) from 1971-1977, and of Hosios Loukas (1977-1981). From 1978-1981 he became the Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. In 1981 he was  elected unanimously Bishop of Thebes & Levadia, a post he holds until now (his election as Archbishop of Athens).
From the 110 presbyters of his Diocese, 82 are University graduates, some of Theology & Philology, while others are Architechts, MD, Agronomists,  Palaeographers, Information Engineers, or have studied Finance. Among them, a university professor (school of Theology, University of Athens), a university lecturer (school of Theology, University of Athens),  and three doctors of Theology (ie doctors of divinity). Under his care, monasticism in his Diosece has flourished (my note: this is exactly what I have heard about him. He is very pro-monasticism). Under his care, in his Diocese, six male monasteries (45 monks) & seventeen female convents (110 nuns) are fully functional. His social work is also very noticable. He has founded an orphanage (at Thebes), two elderly houses (at Thebes & Levadeia), a rehabilitation centre for the mentally ill (at Levadeia), a  rehabilitation medicine &  vocational centre for the  physically handicapped (at Levadia),  a rehabilitation centre for the drug addicts (at Levadia), Family Consultative Centres (at Thebes), a Centre for Historical & Archaeological Studies (Holy Monastery of Lycourese at Zaltsa). After his initiative & under his supervision, his eminence has founded the Centre Of Historical & Cultural Studies of Boetia, in collaboration with the Durham & Cambridge Univ (United Kingdom).     

(That is all I could find. Please excuse my spelling & syntax errors, I'm translating directly from Greek)
Ἦχος Βαρύς

Ὁπλιτικῆς φάλαγγος οἰκεῖον μέλος
ὁ τοῦ βάρους σὺ κλῆσιν εἰληφῶς φέρεις.
Ἧχον τὸν ἁπλοῦν τὸν βάρους ἐπώνυμον
ὁ τοὺς λογισμοὺς ἐν βοαῖς μισῶν φιλεῖ.
Ἀνδρῶν δὲ ἄσμα δευτερότριτε βρέμεις.
Ὧν ποικίλος δὲ τοὺς ἁπλούς ἔχεις φίλους.

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Here's another article in English:

Ieronymos Elected Archbishop

Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes was elected new Archbishop of Athens and all Greece in the second ballot, sources said. At the first one that concluded shortly after 11.30am, Ieronymos had landed first place garnering 33 votes, Efstathios of Sparta garnered 26 votes, while Anthimos of Thessaloniki and Ignatios of Demetrias trailed with seven votes each. The second voting session commenced shortly afterwards, as the required absolute majority, namely 38 votes, was not achieved. As soon as the new head of the Church of Greece is elected, the chairman of the election process will address the so-called "brief message." He will brief, in other words, the new Prelate on the Holy Synod’s decision.The new Archbishop will then exit the Athens Cathedral and address the priests gathered outside.


The informal candidates, since there are no official candidacies and ballot papers, are four: the Bishops of Sparta, Thebes, Thessaloniki and Demetrias. Should there be no objections, the process will be completed late on Thursday noon. As soon as the new head of the Church of Greece is elected, the chairman of the election process will address the so-called "brief message." He will brief, in other words, the new Prelate on the Holy Synod’s decision.

The new Archbishop will then exit the Athens Cathedral and address the priests gathered outside.
Prior to the elections, it was made certain that at least the two thirds of the acting Bishops were present. A mass was officiated by the youngest Bishop, as the protocol dictates, and then the Bishops started voting.

 Congratulations and Wishes

The government through its spokesman expressed best wishes to the newly elected Archbishop Ieronymos. The news about his election satisfied and pleased Phanari. "Appreciation to the personality of Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes is big and old and the expectation for cooperation in handling Orthodox Church’s problems is even bigger", the announcement of Ecumenical Patriarchate stressed. It must be noted that the relations between Thebes Bishop and the Ecumenical Patriarchate have been enhanced by the presence in the Patriarchate of priests who were intellectual offspring of Thebes’ Bishop.
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Thank you very much for this timely information.  The Synod voted far sooner than I would have expected.  Many Years to His Beatitude! 

However, with due respect, please correct the post and delete this paragraph in my (this) post.  Probably a service or a Divine Liturgy was celebrated; not a "mass."  Masses are the liturgical services of some Western Churches.  Mass is from the Latin for depart or end, something related to a concluding acclamation in their Mass, by the priest; "[t]he Mass is ended, go in peace."
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Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes was elected new Archbishop of Athens and all Greece

All Greece except for the new territories that is  :police:


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Make God Bless the new Archbishop of all Greece His Beatitude Ieronymos (Jerome), and give him long life.

May his blessing be upon us all.
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Many years...

I do like and prefer monastic roots...

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