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SYDNEY – A fire broke out at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Sydney

With deep sadness, we inform the faithful of our Holy Archdiocese that on the evening of Thursday, September 30, a fire broke out in the Holy Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Sydney, which caused extensive damage to the interior of the historic building and listed heritage of the church and in particular parts of the roof above the holy altar and the Saint-Jean-le-Théologien chapel.

It is fortunate that His Eminence Archbishop Makarios and his colleagues who were in the Archdiocese at the time were not in danger and suffered no injuries. However, the sacred utensils and objects kept in the shrine were damaged by the large amount of water used during the firefighting operation, while the electronic and microphone system of the church was completely destroyed. The loss assessment process is underway and a new update will be made once this is complete.

As to the cause of the fire, the initial assessment is that it was due to a short circuit, although this is subject to the completion of the relevant investigation by the competent authorities.

The Holy Archdiocese of Australia expresses its fervent gratitude to the firefighters who rushed to the scene to prevent the blaze from spreading further and to put it out. Our thanks also go to the police for their immediate mobilization and assistance in the ordeal of our local Church.


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