WASHINGTON, DC – His Beatitude Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa had a half-hour meeting with President Joseph Biden at the White House in a friendly and cordial atmosphere on October 11.
Among the issues they discussed was the ‘invasion’ of the Patriarchate of Moscow into the canonical jurisdiction of the ancient Patriarchate of Alexandria in retaliation for the recognition of the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the philanthropic and mission work of the Patriarch in Africa and the challenges he faces.
Patriarch Theodoros told the President that he is visiting the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with the canonical permission and love of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
His Beatitude presented him with the Grand Cross (‘Μegalostavros’) of the Apostle Mark, thanking him for the United States’ ongoing support of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, as well as of Greece and of Cyprus.
Prior to the meeting with President Biden, Patriarch Theodoros met with high-ranking officials at the White House responsible for national security issues related to Ukraine, Russia, and Africa.
Later, the Patriarch visited the State Department, where he met with Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain.
Present at the White House meeting was Rev. Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne. Their Eminences Metropolitans George of Guinea and Nikodimos of Memphis joined His Beatitude at the State Department.
During the Patriarch’s visit to Washington, DC Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. Alexandra Papadopoulou hosted a dinner in his honor.