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President Papoulias at 'Feast of Orthodoxy' Service

The Archbishop of Athens, Ieronimos, and members of the Church attended a meal offered by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, marking the ‘Feast of Orthodoxy’, the first Sunday of Lent, at Aghios Dionysus Church in the Athens district of Kolonaki.
In the speech he gave, the president, Karolos Papoulias, referred to the relations between the State and the Church, stressing out that they are creative, yet the roles specific. The ambition is common: preserving social coherence, supporting our weaker fellow-citizens, protecting the ones suffering from the impacts of the crisis.
“The social offers of the Archbishop and the Church is of significant importance during those times when the Greek society is being roughly tested. This testing must end as soon as possible,” commented the President, and he expressed his good faith that Greece is going to overcome the present situation. “Our country is facing major dangers paying the price for mistakes of ours, the politicians, and our partners in the Eurozone.”
The Archbishop of Athens, Ieronimos, drew comparisons between the restoration of the icons in Orthodoxy celebrated by the feast and the restoration of Greece. He finished his speech with the calling: “Let us all remember the General Makrigiannis” and quoted his words: “This country is not mine, it is not yours, it belongs to all of us.”
“Story by Helena Apostolaki”

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