Only Ecumenical Patriarch Expresses the Ecumenicity of Orthodoxy

Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic with His Eminence Metropolitan Meliton of Philadelphia of the Ecumenical Patriarchate during the litany of the icon of the Presentation in Kalamata, Greece. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ATHENS – The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, speaking from Kalamata, where he attended the celebration of the patron saint of the city, Panagia Ypapanti, said that “only the Ecumenical Patriarch expresses the ecumenicity of Orthodoxy. The president, addressing the celebrant Metropolitan Meliton of Philadelphia of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, said that “what I did and what I will do in the future, as all Orthodox Greeks, is a debt owed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate especially during these difficult times. Our will, that of the Greek Orthodox and the Church of Greece, is to defend the role of the Ecumenical Patriarch, and we must constantly move from words to deeds.”

In his homily at the Cathedral of the Presentation of Christ, Metropolitan Meliton of Philadelphia thanked President Pavlopulos and expressed gratitude on behalf of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, for his great contribution to the unity between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Greece throughout his term of Office of the Presidency and for his support for the Ecumenical Throne of Constantinople at critical times.

Source: ANA-MPA

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