Authorized Form of NamePapadopoulos; Vasileos (1892-1980); Patriarch of Jerusalem; Benedictos/Benedict
TitlePatriarch of Jerusalem
ActivityPatriarch of Jerusalem of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem from 1957 to 1980.

He was born in 1892. He was elected patriarch on January 29, 1957, succeeding Timotheos who had died over a year earlier. With his election the Jordanian government approved a law establishing new regulations concerning relations between the Confraternity of the Holy Sepulchre (Brotherhood of the Sepulchre - Hagiotaphites Brotherhood) and the indigenous Arab community of the Orthodox Church. The rules gave the Arab laity a role in the financial affairs of the Patriarchate, and required that the candidates for the offices of the patriarchate be citizens of Jordan, but the changes were discontinued after negotiation between the patriarchate and the Jordanians.

Following his election, he actively pursued a rehabilitation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Starting in 1961, the structure was completely rehabilitated, including repair of the foundations, and cisterns, and restoration of the interior and exterior walls. Thousand of stones were replaced including removal of old and injection of new mortar. Columns were replaced and new capitals added where needed. However, on December 11, 1980, as the rotunda dome was finished, further restoration of the church came to a halt with the death of Benedict.
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CFR OC 49/1Oecumenical Patriarchate: General Church AffairsDecember 1933-October 1965CFR/5/3/5/49-1
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