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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-10-21

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  • [01] Ecumenical Patriarch opens Mt. Athos conference

  • [01] Ecumenical Patriarch opens Mt. Athos conference

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Saturday gave the opening address at a conference organised in Thessaloniki on the monastic community of Mount Athos in the Halkidiki peninsula, also known in Greece as "the Holy Mount".

    During his address, the Patriarch referred to the monastic community as an "inexhaustible mine" that always yielded new hidden spiritual treasures and also spoke about his trip to Cuba and a meeting with Fidel Castro, who he said showed great interest in the Orthodox faith and Mount Athos.

    The conference, which ends on Tuesday, is entitled "Holy Mount - The majesty of the Protato. Saving this unique monument and the timeless contribution of Karyes". It was organised by an organisation set up by the Thessaloniki municipality called "Agioreitiki Estia" to coordinate the city's relations with the monastic community.

    During his visit to northern Greece and the country's second largest city, the Patriarch also visited the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry, where he was received by the minister George Kalantzis, who thanked him for the honour.

    The Patriarch's visit returned a visit to Fanar by Kalantzis when he first took over the ministry.

    During an official dinner given in his honour by the minister, Bartholomew also referred to Macedonia, stressing that it had at no time in 23 centuries had it lost its Greek character, and to the close ties between Thessaloniki and Fanar.

    Kalantzis on his part, stressed the support of his ministry and the Greek State for the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the work done by the Centre for the Preservation of the Heritage of Agion Oros to preserve the relics and monuments in the monasteries of Mount Athos.

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