Castoria (episcopal see)

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The Metropolis of Kastoria (Greek: Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς),[1] is one of the metropolises of the New Lands in Greece that are within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople but de facto are administered for practical reasons as part of the Church of Greece under an agreement between the churches of Athens and Constantinople.[note 1]

The town of Castoria or Kastoria in northern Greece is or historically has been an episcopal see of various Christian churches.

History[edit]

At first a suffragan of Thebes,[3] the bishopric was, at least by the reign of Basil II in the early 11th century, the first suffragan see of Achrida. Lequien mentions only three bishops: Joasaph in 1564, Hierotheus, who went to Rome about 1650, and Dionysius Mantoucas; but that list can easily be extended.[4]

Some ten Latin bishops of Castoria are known from the 13th to the 15th centuries,[4] and the town remains a titular see for the Catholic Church to this day.[3]

In the early 20th century the town was the seat of a Bulgarian bishopric with 2,224 families, 32 priests, and 22 churches.[4]

Today, for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Church of Greece the see is the Metropolis of Kastoria and Exarchate for Upper Macedonia in what are still called the New Lands of Greece.[5][6]

List of Metropolitans[edit]

  • Seraphim (Papakostas) 1996 - present[7]
  • Gregorios III (Papoutsopoulos) 1985-1996[8]
  • Gregorios II (Maistros) 1974-1985[9]
  • Dorotheos (Giannaropoulos) 1958-1973[10]
  • Nikiphoros (Papasideris) 1936-1958[11]
  • Ioakeim (Leptidis) 1911-1931[12]
  • Ioakeim (Vaxevanidis) 1908-1911[13]
  • Germanos (Karavangelis) 1900-1908[14]

Active Monasteries[edit]

For men[edit]

  • Dormition of the Virgin Mary - Panagia Mavriotissa[note 2]
  • Agion Anargyroi Melissotopos[note 3]
  • Agia Paraskevi Vasileiadou[note 4]
  • Agios Georgios Eptahoriou[note 5]

For women[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Codified in the 1928 Patriarchal and Synodical Act, the "New Lands" were entrusted to the temporary stewardship of the Church of Greece, provided that the Church respected the terms of the Act. The Act subsequently has been incorporated into several pieces of Greek legislation (Laws 3615/1928, 5438/1932, 599/1977, and Article 3, paragraph 1 of the current Greek Constitution), thereby recognizing the ecclesiastical agreement between the two sides."[2]
  2. ^ (Greek) Κοιμήσεως Θεοτόκου - Παναγία Μαυριώτισσα.
  3. ^ (Greek) Αγίων Αναργύρων Μελισσοτόπου.
  4. ^ (Greek) Αγίας Παρασκευής Βασιλειάδος.
  5. ^ (Greek) Αγίου Γεωργίου Επταχωρίου.
  6. ^ (Greek) Ιερά Μονή Γενεθλίου της Θεοτόκου Κλεισούρας.
  7. ^ (Greek) Αγίου Νικολάου Τσιριλόβου.
  8. ^ (Greek) Παναγίας Φανερωμένης.
  9. ^ (Greek) Ιερά Μονή Αγίου Γεωργίου Μελανθίου.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Greek) Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  2. ^ Victor Roudometof. Greek Orthodoxy, Territoriality, and Globality: Religious Responses and Institutional Disputes. Report. Sociology of Religion. Vol. 69 No. 1. 22 March 2008. Pg. 67(25). ISSN: 1069-4404.
  3. ^ a b Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 862
  4. ^ a b c Sophrone Pétridès, "Castoria" in Catholic Encyclopedia (New York 1908)
  5. ^ "New Lands" of Greece
  6. ^ Holy Metropolis of Kastoria
  7. ^ (Greek) Σεραφείμ (κατά κόσμον Ιωάννης) Παπακώστας. Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  8. ^ (Greek) Γρηγόριος ο Γ' (Παπουτσόπουλος). Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  9. ^ (Greek) Γρηγόριος ο Β' (Μαΐστρος). Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  10. ^ (Greek) Δωρόθεος Γιανναρόπουλος. Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  11. ^ (Greek) Νικηφόρος Παπασιδέρης. Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  12. ^ (Greek) Ιωακείμ Λεπτίδης. Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  13. ^ (Greek) Ιωακείμ Βαξεβανίδης. Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.
  14. ^ (Greek) Γερμανός Καραβαγγέλης. Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Καστοριάς. Retrieved 20 May, 2014.