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Patriarch Theofilos of Jerusalem said…

Patriarch Theofilos of Jerusalem said yesterday that the Orthodox Church is investigating the full extent of the land deals that the deposed patriarch, Irenaios, made with Jewish investors. The long-term lease of two properties in Jerusalem’s Old City to Jewish groups had proved the undoing of Irenaios, who was ousted in May and replaced in August by Theofilos. ‘We are in the process of finding out exactly what is going on with all property issues,’ the new patriarch told The Associated Press, adding that he would oppose the leasing of the properties.