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Metropolis of Italy delegation visits Constantinople for Ecumenical Patriarch’s 84th Birthday

A delegation from the Holy Metropolis of Italy, led by His Eminence Metropolitan Polykarpos of Italy, embarked on a visit to Constantinople that will last from February 27 to March 01, 2024, in order to pay their respects to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his 84th Birthday (Imbros, 29.02.1940).

The delegation consists of Assistant Bishops George of Krateia (Naples), Dionysius of Kotia (Bologna), Athenagoras of Thermi (Montaner Treviso), Archimandrite Gregory (Trieste), Archimandrite Ioannis (Milan), Archimandrite Nikolaos (Florence), Archimandrite Symeon (Rome), Archimandrite Benedict (Seminar of Reggio Calabria), Protopresbyter Sergios (Vigevano, PV), and the architect Avogadro, who serves as a technical advisor to the Metropolis.

The purpose of their visit is to extend their respects to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the occasion of his 84th birthday, which falls on 29 February. The delegation will have a special audience with the Ecumenical Patriarch on Wednesday afternoon, 28 February 2024. Additionally, they will participate in a luncheon hosted by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Chalcedon on Thursday, 29 February 2024, to celebrate his birthday.