Greek Prime Minister meets with Archbishop Makarios to discuss Hellenism in Australia

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Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, met with His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia on Monday at the Maximos Palace in Athens.

According to local Greek media, Mitsotakis and Archbishop Makarios spoke about the role of the Greek diaspora and Hellenism in Australia.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis meets with Archbishop Makarios of Australia. Photo: Thema.com.

The Prime Minister also reiterated his support for the work done by Archbishop Makarios in Australia.

This meeting comes just days after Archbishop Makarios met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on January 29 in Constantinople.

The Archbishop was accompanied on the day by three of the four newly ordained bishops, Bishop Kyriakos of Sozopolis, Bishop Christodoulos of Magnesia and Bishop Evmenios of Kerasountos, as well as Archdeacon Athenagoras Karakonstantakis, Dr Theodosios Penklis and his wife, Marianna Penklis.

Meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch. Photo: Nikos Papachristos / Ecumenical Patriarchate.

According to a post by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis “was unable to travel from Australia to Constantinople due to the continuing force of restrictive measures in his area” of Canberra.

Despite this, the meeting was a success with Archbishop Makarios offering the Ecumenical Patriarch a dedicatory book titled, ‘Βαρθολομαίω τω Οικουμενικώ ευλαβικόν αφιέρωμα,’ which was edited by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia to mark the 30th anniversary of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s enthronement.

The three new Bishops also asked for and received the venerable Patriarchal wishes for the beginning of their new hierarchical ministry.

Archbishop Makarios offering the Ecumenical Patriarch a dedicatory book. Photo: Nikos Papachristos / Ecumenical Patriarchate.
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