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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met Greek Opposition leader Stefanos Kasselakis in Athens

The Greek Opposition leader and president of the centre-left party “Syriza – Progressive Alliance”, Mr. Stefanos Kasselakis, met with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Friday afternoon, October 13, 2023, at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.

It is recalled that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had sent a congratulatory letter to the newly-elected President of the Opposition Party of Greece, Stefanos Kasselakis. He wished him “to promote the interests of Greece and its people and to contribute to the stability in the region and the prevalence of peace in the world, for which the Church constantly wishes.”

“Our work has started and it is important. I know that you have offered a lot to those affected by the summer natural disasters in Thessaly. I have also visited Thessaly three times myself. I have spoken about all my political views regarding love for fellow human beings. Christian values are in line with my political views. I would like to offer my fellow human beings a better life,” Stefanos Kasselakis told the Ecumenical Patriarch.

“I am glad to hear that, because love for our fellow human beings is a basic value of Christianity, the centre of the Christian faith,” replied the Ecumenical Patriarch.

They also discussed initiatives for peace and observance of the international law in Ukraine and in the Middle East, as well as efforts made by the Ecumenical Patriarchate with regards to the protection of the environment.

In addition, they talked about issues regarding the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Mr. Stefanos Kasselakis expressed his support to the efforts for the re-opening of the Theological School of Chalki.