Vice-President Biden Visits Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
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In what is perceived as a tribute both to the Greek-American community’s importance to President Obama’s reelection campaign and the states of affairs in Greece and Cyprus, Vice President Joe Biden paid an unprecedented visit to Archdiocesan headquarters and Archbishop Demetrios of America on November 16, which was attended by prominent church leaders and laypersons alike. Metropolitans Methodios of Boston and Evangelos of New Jersey were personally invited by Demetrios to the meeting. Also present were the Archdiocesan Chancellor, Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, and Father Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who is Spiritual Advisor to the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and most importantly in the context of the visit, the Archbishop's Assistant for Public Affairs. The laypersons present were businessmen and prominent political fundraisers George Tsunis, Dennis Mehiel, and Michael Jaharis.