Bringing the Church to Qatar: The Efforts of Ambassador Patrick N. Theros 

Christopher Yeanos and His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem. Photo: His Eminence Archbishop Makarios

On February 22nd of this year, I was in Doha, Qatar, riding in a taxi with the former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, Patrick N. Theros – after having attended the Consecration of the Saint Isaac and Saint George Church – when I first learned of the astonishing story of how, 23 years ago, the Ambassador brought a Christian church to Qatar – a country where there had not been a Christian church since pre-Islamic times hundreds of years ago.

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  1. What a great act of faith by Ambassador Theros to re-establish the Greek Orthodox Church in the Middle East.

  2. The Patriach of Jerusalem lived in Constantinople until Nesselrode sent Uspensky to de-Hellenize the Antiochians and almost Jerusalem (eventually causing Michel Aflaq to found the Assad-Saddam Ba’ath party). It was the same Porphyry Uspensky who exposed the Sulphur fraud of the Holy Fire. It was the same Nesselrode who beat out Capo d’Istria. Uspensky and Kapustin went to buy up Jerusalem properties now under ROCOR to prevent Moses Montefiore (the Jewish Tositsas) doing so on behalf of the British. In February 8, 1993, the other patriarchs decided to temporarily suspend relations with the Jerusalem Patriarch and dismiss two bishops who acted as his deputies and defrock five priests for challenging the authority of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Yet in April, 1990 Diodoros swindled Russian Jewish settlers by having Mardos Matossian sell them lands he was not allowed to sell and then denying their claim. Irineos wrote Arafat on July 17, 2001, stating, “You are aware of the sentiments of disgust and disrespect that all the Holy Sepulchre fathers are feeling for the descendants of the crucifiers of our Lord… actual crucifiers of your people, Sionists Jewish conquerors of the Holy Land of Palestine.” See: Theofanis Stavrou, Middle East Journal, 1963, pp. 91-103; Lucien Fray; Derek Hopwood 1969

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