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Source: Orthodox Christianity Istanbul, July 28, 2023 The newly consecrated Bishop Theophan of Philomelion issued a “Declaration and Clarification” yesterday, addressing the scandal surrounding what happened during his episcopal consecration in Istanbul. The Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania already protested Constantinople’s election of then-Archimandrite Theophan (Koja) as the new bishop for its Albanian Diocese in America, remembering his destructive schismatic activity in Albania in the 1990s. And after his consecration on Tuesday, presided over by Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Archdiocese of America, the Albanian Church reported that the new Bishop Theophan had recited the Nicene Creed with the heretical Filioque, pointing to it…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America On Tuesday, July 25, 2023, with the blessings of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Grace Bishop-elect Theophan of Philomelion was ordained to the episcopacy during the Divine Liturgy presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint George, at the Phanar. In his address, Archbishop Elpidophoros stated: “You, Bishop-Elect Theophan, are called to bring to your ministry in America the same ‘trans-national and spiritual force’ that His All-Holiness speaks of, to minister to the faithful over whom you shall preside in love. You have been elected to…