EOC sets timetable to elect 6th Patriarch

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Addis Ababa, February 8, 2013 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) said it has set a timetable to elect the 6th Patriarch from Feb.8-March 3, 2013.

According to the timetable, weeklong prayers will be served beginning from this Friday in connection with the election of the Patriarch.

Followers of the EOC, Sunday school students and the clergy can propose the would be Patriarch from 8-15 Feb. 2013.

Those residing in foreign countries can send name of the would be patriarch through fax numbers 011-156711 and 011-1580540.

Nearly 800 archbishops, department heads of the patriarchate office, ancient monasteries and churches, clergy, followers of the EOC and Sunday school students will vote for the new patriarch.

The election will be held on 28 February 2013 and the result will be made official same day in the evening. On the third day, the new Patriarch will be sworn in at the Holy Trinity Church here.