Ecumenical Patriarch receives Greek Parliament delegation
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, His All Holiness Bartholomew I, on Thursday received a delegation of Greek Parliament deputies who are members of the Diaspora and Hellenism committee in the legislature.
The president of the committee, Savvas Anastasiadis, expressed his and the other members’ respect for the venerable Church of Constantinople, while briefing the Ecumenical Patriarch over the committee’s work.
On his part, His All Holiness greeted the Parliament deputies, recounting the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s centuries of contributions and ministry, while adding that it served and will continue to serve the unity of the Orthodox Church.
In a related development, Greece’s new ambassador to Turkey, Michail Christos Diamesis, also visited the Fanar-district Patriarchate for the first time on Wednesday.
The Greek diplomat, who was accompanied by Greece’s General Consul in the Bosporus metropolis, Georgia Soultanopoulou, was received by the Ecumenical Patriarch.
A lengthy discussion followed over the Church’s initiatives, as well as issues dealing with the remaining but dwindling ethnic Greek communities in the country.