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His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Arrives At Andrews Air Force Base for Six Day US Visit

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Mar 4, 2002

Washington, D.C. – His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, arrived today at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. for a six-day visit to the United States. He was welcomed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America: Lawrence Dunham, Assistant Chief of Protocol for the Department of State: Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, US Senator of Maryland: Andrew Natsios, Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) who welcomed the Ecumenical Patriarch on behalf of President George Bush: Minister Eleftherios Anghelopoulos, Embassy of Greece: Deputy Archilleas Antoniades, Embassy of Cyprus: Michael Jaharis, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council: Dr. Anthony Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew: Andrew Banis, Supreme President of the Order of AHEPA and area clergy,laity and their families.

Offering comments at a short welcoming ceremony were Mr. Dunham, Senator Sarbanes, Mr. Natsios, and Archbishop Demetrios. In his remarks, His Eminence stated, ”Welcome once again to this land of the free and home of the brave, which is America.”

In response, His All Holiness said, “Since we are visiting the United States for the first time since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we take this opportunity to express once again our deepest pain and our sympathy for the victims, and our support for their families. Every rational person condemns unconditionally these criminal terrorist acts especially when they affect innocent and defenseless citizens. May this tragic and hideous event be the last in the history of mankind.”

Tomorrow, March 5, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is scheduled to meet with President George W. Bush at 3:25 pm and Secretary of State Colin Powell at 11:00 am. Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Osman Faruk Logloglu will host his All Holiness at a meeting and luncheon at the Turkish Embassy.

Video Highlights of the 2002 Visit of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are available through satellite feeds during the week. For detail please visit www.goarch.org/usvisit2002. Click on For the Media.

For more information on satellite video feeds please call c- 904-571-5692.

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