Press Release: Update on Metropolitan Pavlos of Astoria

The Holy Metropolis of the Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of North and
South America, Cathedral of Saint Markella

March 23, 2006


On February 28, 2006, Metropolitan Pavlos of America suffered an
intracerebral brain hemorrhage, commonly called a stroke. He was
taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens. That same evening he was
transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan where he is currently
in the neurological intensive care unit.

The attending physicians have not seen the progress and improvement
that they had hoped to see by this time. His Eminence remains at a
level of consciousness wherein he is not responsive to verbal or
visual stimuli. Though he is stable he has received a serious injury
and his attending physicians are unsure of his long-term prognosis.

The Holy Synod of the Genuine Orthodox Church in Greece, under the
Presidency of His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Athens and
All Greece, has decided to send His Eminence Metropolitan
Chrysostomos of Attica to America to temporarily assist the Church
here. Metropolitan Chrysostomos will arrive in America in time to
celebrate the Holy Annunciation of the Theotokos and the Akathist
Hymn. He will remain in America through Holy Pascha after which time
he will return to Greece.

The Holy Metropolis thanks all those who have prayed for His
Eminence, and all those who have sent messages expressing their love
for him. His Grace Bishop Christodoulos asks of all those many people
whose lives have been touched by Geronda to please continue praying
for him.