Clerics from all over the world come to say goodbye to bishop

CHURCH leaders from across the world– including Syria – gathered in Uckfield to mark the retirement of the Bishop of Chichester.

The Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo addressed a congregation at Holy Cross Church on Sunday and paid tribute to Dr John Hind.

?SAYING FAREWELL: From left, Archbishop Gregorios Ibrahim, retiring Bishop of Chichester Dr John Hind and Bishop Polycarpus

SAYING FAREWELL: From left, Archbishop Gregorios Ibrahim, retiring Bishop of Chichester Dr John Hind and Bishop Polycarpus

His Eminence Gregorios Ibrahim gave a speech about the difficulties facing Christians and Muslims in war-torn Syria.

Other church leaders included European church leaders, Bishop Polycarpus, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of the Netherlands, Bishop Dorothea Greiner of the Lutheran church in Bavaria and Mgr Dominique Aubert, Dean of Chartres Cathedral.

The portrait of Dr Hind which will sit alongside the previous 101 Bishops of the diocese in the Bishop’s residence in Chichester was unveiled.

Following the announcement of his retirement, Dr Hind said: “It has been a delight and privilege to serve the Diocese of Chichester for over a decade and I am very grateful to colleagues both lay and clergy who work so faithfully for the gospel and the good of Sussex.

“Although I shall miss the parishes and people of the Diocese very much I think the time is right for a new bishop to take over.”

“I am looking forward to an opportunity to continue to fulfil my ministry as a priest without the particular responsibilities of leading a diocese.”

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