The Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, met with Archbishop Makarios of Australia on Sunday, July 2, at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (GOAA) in Redfern, Sydney.
Mr Albanese was accompanied by the NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, Steve Kamper. Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea, Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis, and Archimandrite Christophoros Krikelis, were also present on the day.
During the meeting, Mr Albanese and the Archbishop spoke about the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to Australia next year to mark the centenary of the establishment of the GOAA.
According to an announcement by the GOAA, Mr Albanese said during the meeting that he would confer Head of State honours on the Ecumenical Patriarch when he arrives in Australia.
Other topics discussed on the day include general issues concerning the Greek community of Australia and the Orthodox church.