Thomas Schirrmacher meets the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, in Canterbury Cathedral at the Lambeth Conference
The two discussed the situation of the churches in the Holy Land and the relation of Protestant churches to the historic Orthodox churches in the Palestine Authorities.
Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, born 1952, is the current Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem. He is styled “Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine and Israel”. Theophilos was elected unanimously 2005 by the Holy Synod of Jerusalem as the 141st primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem. His election was confirmed by the Eastern Orthodox synod of Constantinople, and was endorsed by Jordan, and subsequently by the Palestinian National Authority, two of the governments ruling lands over his religious jurisdiction.