Orthodox Council: Greek Foreign Minister gives dinner for Patriarchs

2016-06-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias hosted a dinner for the Primates of the Orthodox Church who are presently in Crete ahead of the official opening of the Holy and Great Council of the heads of all the autocephalous Orthodox Churches, scheduled to take place from Sunday until the end of the month.

A statement from the Press Office of the Holy and Great Council says that the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I delivered remarks at the dinner in which he highlighted the worldwide attention on the historic meeting. “[The] world is turning its attention with great expectations to the Orthodox Church,” he said, “in order to find support and consolation, because Orthodoxy has managed to preserve, up to today, regardless of the rapid technological and scientific developments, the mystical experience of a personal communion in respect of God.”

Please find the full text of the communiqué in its official English version, below

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The Press Office of the Holy and Great Council 

Greek foreign minister hosts welcome dinner for Primates

His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew highlighted the importance of the Holy and Great Council at an official dinner hosted 16 June by Nikos Kotzias, minister of foreign affairs for the Hellenic Republic, for the Primates of the Orthodox Church who are presently in Crete.

His All Holiness emphasized that the “world is turning its attention with great expectations to the Orthodox Church, the ark of the pure Christian tradition, in order to find support and consolation, because Orthodoxy has managed to preserve, up to today, regardless of the rapid technological and scientific developments, the mystical experience of a personal communion in respect of God.”

Kotzias praised the role of Orthodoxy, expressing the expectancy that the Holy and Great Council “will give hope, heal sorrows, and offer the ability to the people to approach with hope the Orthodox Church and to understand its meaning.”

(from Vatican Radio)