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His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America welcomed today the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Prof. Dimitris Mardas and the Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura. The two members of the Greek Government were visiting New York as speakers and participants to the Annual Capital Link, Invest in Greece Forum.
The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the continuation of its Faith-based Diplomacy & Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative established a total of four (2 for 2015-2016 and 2 for 2016-2017) yearlong Archdiocesan fellowships at the United Nations.
50th Commemoration of the Common Lifting of Anathemas between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches
Fifty years ago, on December 7, 1965, after their historic meeting the previous year (Jerusalem 1964), Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI declared their commitment to steer the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches onto a path of mutual understanding, reconciliation, and love.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces with great joy and gratitude to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the elevation of the Holy Archdiocese of America to the rank of Gerontiki Eparchy (meaning an eparchy headed by a Geron/Elder hierarch) of the Ecumenical Throne in the person of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who from now on will be called His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America.
However, we should also recognize that the act and attitude of thanksgiving is also related to struggle and hardship. The first Thanksgiving, which provided the origins of our national observance, followed an arduous and costly journey to this land by the Pilgrims. To escape persecution, they made a lengthy voyage to this continent, faced disease and death, and attempted to establish a new home in very challenging physical and natural conditions. Their survival of these hardships through faith and hope led them in 1621 to offer thanksgiving to God for His amazing grace and providence.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral Philoptochos chapter honored the First Lady of Cyprus Mrs. Andri Anastasiades during this year’s 62nd Chrysanthemum Ball, which took place Friday Nov. 20, 2015 at a central New York City Hotel.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the launch of two new websites, www.GreekOrthodox.bible and www.Septuagint.bible, as part of the new .BIBLE top-level domain (TLD) initiative.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America expressed deep sorrow and unequivocal condemnation for the barbaric terrorist attacks last night in Paris.
Two hundred and sixty teachers and administrators attended an in-service training seminar for teachers who serve in the day and Greek afternoon/Saturday schools. The annual Staff Development Seminar was successfully organized Tuesday, November 3, (Election Day), by the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education and was held at St. Demetrios High School in Astoria, NY, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America.
This is the witness that will be offered by our Saint Nicholas National Shrine. Centrally located, it will be a beacon to all who visit Ground Zero. The light that will shine from this place will not only be by architectural design, but a light that will illuminate the path to God. Saint Nicholas and the ministry offered there will shine forth the truth of the Gospel and grace that comes through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On this feast of the Holy Unmercenaries, Saints Cosmas and Damian, we are reminded by their faithful witness of the priority of serving those in great need, especially the sick, the poor, the elderly, and the orphaned. These two selfless and holy men gave their lives and abilities to helping any who had need of healing and comfort. They were true stewards of the power of Christ and the hope, restoration, and eternal life He offers.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC) will install the Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos as the 21st President of HCHC on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 2:00 pm in the Pappas Gymnasium. The event will be streamed live at hchc.edu.
Our annual commemoration of OXI Day this year marks the 75th anniversary of a heroic stand against the forces of Fascism and an affirmation of the values that are essential for human life and well-being. On October 28, 1940, faced with an ultimatum from Benito Mussolini to allow the Italian army to occupy Greece, the Prime Minister of Greece Ioannis Metaxas and the people of Greece responded with a resounding “NO.” Even before the time to respond to the ultimatum had expired, Italian forces began entering Greece over the border from Albania. However, in the spirit of the reply of “NO,” Greek forces resisted fiercely, keeping the Axis forces out of Greece for almost six months.
Archbishop Demetrios Meets with the President of Hellenic Republic, Prime Minister and Archbishop of Athens
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America had separate meetings yesterday October 21, 2015, with the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Prime Minister Mr. Alexis Tsipras and His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece. Archbishop Demetrios travelled to Athens this week to attend and participate in the International Conference on Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.
Archbishop Demetrios highlights the contributions and role of IOCC in Middle East Conference, in Athens
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America participated in the proceedings of the international conference titled Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, October 18-20, 2015, in Athens.
On this Sunday, October 25, following the Feast of Saint Iakovos on October 23, and the day prior to the Feast of Saint Demetrios on October 26, we give thanks to God for the faithfulness and the benevolent dynamism of the members of Leadership 100 and celebrate the manifold accomplishments of the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund for more than three decades since its founding by Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory.
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