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The Shepherd: A Publication of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Nigeria.

An English-language, African-focused mission journal, The Shepherd: A Publication of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Nigeria, commenced with the January 2011 issue. The editor, Metropolitan Alexandros, oversees the Lagos-based archdiocese, which is part of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and which has congregations in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, and Niger, countries where there are few Orthodox communities. "If I am not mistaken (though I hope I am), Shepherd is the only Orthodox journal, at this time, published by a missionary church. As it appears, it differs vastly from the journals we have in Greece, and which are produced for mission, and not by a missionary church. Africans themselves have contributed to this Nigerian journal, and they are paving the way for a valuable opportunity for the whole Church to be realized: for the African voice to be heard and the contemporary situation in Africa to be made known" (http://, commented missiologist Athanasios N. Papathanasiou, tutor at Hellenic Open University and editor-in-chief of Synaxis. For details on the new journal, e-mail the editor, Alexander Yannitsis,, or go online to

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Title Annotation:Announcing
Publication:International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6NIGR
Date:Apr 1, 2012
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