His Divine Beatitude the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II (known as Nicolas Choreftakis by his secular name).His Divine Beatitude the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II (known as Nicolas Choreftakis by his secular name) was born in 1954 in Crete, where he also completed his general education. He is a graduate of the Rizarios Ecclesiastical School, and a graduate of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He also studied in Odessa, where he read History of Art, Literature, and Philosophy. Apart from his mother tongue, he also speaks Russian and French. During the period 1975 – 1985, he served as Archdeacon and Protosingelos of the Holy Metropolis...
A historical timeline of the Holy Diocese of Madagascar
- 1949: The first church, the Assumption of Virgin Mary, is built by the Greek Community.
- 28-3-1957: Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus visits Tana, where he is warmly welcomed.
- 1994: Archimandrite Nektarios Kellis arrives in Madagascar and systematically commences his missionary work.
- 1995: The first Madagascan priest, father Ioannis Rakotontrazaly, is ordained by Chrysostomos, the Metropolitan of Zimbabwe. Nektaria Paradisi, a nun from St Patapios, arrives to assist father Nektarios Kellis.
- 1997: The Holy Diocese of Madagascar is founded: this diocese also includes the islands of Mauritius, the Comoros, Mayotte, and Reunion. The First Bishop elected is father Nektarios Kellis.
- 11-9-2004: Eighteen victims die when a Chinook helicopter falls into the sea near Mount Athos, in Greece. Among the dead is Nektarios, the Bishop of Madagascar.
- 14-11-2004: Following the death of Nektarios, the second Bishop of Madagascar is elected: father Ignatios Sennis.