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Deputy FM I. Amanatidis’ statement at the celebration of the Thronal feast in Phanar (Istanbul, 30 November 2016)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Entering the Holy Church of Saint George, in Phanar, Istanbul, for the celebration of the Thronal feast, Deputy Foreign Minister Ioannis Amanatidis made the following statement:

“Today’s Thronal feast of Saint Andrew coincides with the 25th anniversary of the presence of the Ecumenical Patriarch at the helm of Orthodoxy.

It is an opportunity for us to reflect on this long course and draw lessons, especially at a time when humanism and pluralism are under threat.

We support the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as a religious and spiritual centre of global standing and range. Its timeless contribution surpasses national and linguistic borders, supporting universal and immutable values through the ages.”

Within the framework of his visit to Istanbul, the Deputy Foreign Minister yesterday attended the opening of the photographic exhibition of Nikolaos Manginas marking the 25th anniversary of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s enthronement, at the Sismanoglio Cultural Centre of the Greek Consulate General, in the presence of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Consul General E. Sekeris. The exhibition reflects the brilliant work and austere spiritual life of the Ecumenical Patriarch.

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