Died Metropolitan of Mexico Antonio Chedraui

© Photo : Kharkov aparimitayur Anthony ChedraouiDied Metropolitan of Mexico Antonio Chedraui© Photo : Kharkiv eparchy

. The Archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Mexican, Venezuelan, Caribbean and Central America Anthony Chedraoui died Wednesday in Mexico city at the age of 85 years.

«It is with great sorrow to announce that Metropolitan Antonio Chedraui went to the house of the Lord God,» reads a statement on the website of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Mexico.

Chedraui was born in Lebanon in 1932. After a priest, he was sent to Mexico in 1966 as the Patriarchal vicar of Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and the Caribbean. Mexican citizenship was granted in 1994.

Chedraui was one of the influential men of Mexico, was friends with many presidents and political leaders one of the biggest Catholic countries in the world.

The funeral and farewell to Chedraui will be held in the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Huixquilucan of the state of Mexico, which was built at the expense of Metropolitan.