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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-12-13

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  • [01] PASOK Political Council convenes
  • [02] Archbishop Christodoulos arrives for Vatican visit

  • [01] PASOK Political Council convenes

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) leader George Papandreou on Wednesday chaired a session of the party's Political Council at which he noted that "PASOK is entering the battle station on all levels."

    PASOK spokesman Petros Efthymiou stated that Papandreou said that "the "battle station concerns organisation on all levels, concerns each member and every friend and has a double target: Firstly the condemnation of the impasses of the New Democracy party's policy and secondly, the proclamation of PASOK's positive proposal for a just society and a Greece which can achieve its targets for society and the country."

    As stated by Efthymiou, "the battle will be given mainly in order for the working people to have the rights which they had won and to again win the hope for a better life." And this, Efthymiou stressed, "is a committment by all the members of the Political Council."

    Papandreou noted that "the three years of the New Democracy (ND) party's policy has led the country to an impasse everywhere, it has intensified social inequality and social polarisation. With its policy, the government is selling out public property and through its measures, it burdens the many in favour of the few and partners."

    The PASOK leader also accused the government that "it is undermining the fundamental gains of the working people, while it has failed in all the major policy sectors, such as Health, Education and the social insurance system."

    Papandreou added that "the government's policy is described by clientele perception, the creation of a partisan state, as well as the creation of corruption centres."

    [02] Archbishop Christodoulos arrives for Vatican visit

    Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos arrived in Rome late Wednesday afternoon for a historic visit to the Vatican and talks with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday.

    It is the first visit ever by a prelate of the Church of Greece to the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, which will be concluded on Saturday morning.

    The Archbishop told reporters that his visit and talks with Benedict XVI, will not touch on dogmatic issues but will focus on the Churches' cooperation "as History demands, so as that Churches can contribute to avoiding greater pains for humanity."

    "The aim of the visit is the reinforcement of ties and cooperation in mutual love between the two Churches and the encouragement of our efforts for peace and the unity among us, because the world is asking from our Christian Churches to cooperate for consolidating peace, justice and love among human societies," Christodoulos noted.

    "We are certain that our contacts at the Vatican will contribute to the cementing of our common wish for more love and cooperation in sectors that touch to contemporary social needs and problems," he added.

    Welcoming the Archbishop, Cardinal Walter Kasper said that "our Churches can contribute to avoiding crises and conflicts in the world in favour of the establishment of justice and love between peoples. We are awaiting with joy tomorrow's meeting which is being held in a relationship of love."

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