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Metropolitan Chrysostomos

Bishop of Smyrna during the Asia Minor catastrophies.
In the unprotected Smyrna, at a time when the entire political and
military leadership has abandoned the city, the whole civilian
population of Asia Minor is rushing to find shelter. The only one who
will not abandon the city is Chrysostomos. Even when the Catholic
Archbishop is able to book him on a departing steamship on August
25 and begs him to leave the condemned city and escape from the
incoming Turks, Chrysostomos replies:
``It is the tradition of the Greek Church and the duty of the priest to
stay with his congregation.''
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