Archbishop Makarios of Australia joins Ecumenical Patriarch for services at Phanar

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Archbishop Makarios of Australia officiated the Second Service of the Salutations at Saint George in Phanar, Turkey on Friday, March 29.

The Archbishop was joined by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew alongside local parishioners and the Consul General of Greece in Constantinople, Ambassador Konstantinos Koutras.

In the morning of the same day, the Ecumenical Patriarch officiated during the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, and in the afternoon, he conducted a Trisagion memorial service for the late Archimandrite Patrikios Kaleodis, who was a graduate of the Theological School of Halki.

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Archbishop Makarios of Australia at the Phanar. Photo: Nikos Papachristou

Archbishop Makarios’ latest visit to the Phanar comes amid another trip to Constantinople earlier this year to launch his new book The Ecumenical Patriarchate – The Preeminent and Suffering Church.

Last year, Archbishop Makarios’ visited Athens to participate in roundtable discussions about the current war in Ukraine, as well as Constantinople in early April 2023 after attending a Lenten Vespers liturgy at the Holy Church of the Holy Trinity in Stavrodromi.

In 2022, the Archbishop also travelled a number of times to Greece to hold meetings with Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Greece’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias.

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