Congressional Tribute on the Occasion of Archbishop Iakovos' 30th Anniversary

Hon. Nicholas Mavroules
in the House of Representatives

Mr. MAVROULES. Mr. Speaker, on the occasion of his 30th anniversary as the primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, I would like to pay special recognition to Archbishop Iakovos. The spiritual leader of over 2 million Greek Orthodox in both of the Americas, Archbishop Iakovos has been an inspiration to all in his pursuit of human rights and the ecumenical movement. For his efforts, he received the Presidential Medal of Honor from Jimmy Carter in 1980, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1986. Archbishop Iakovos has always been at the forefront of civil rights. For all which His Eminence has done over the past three decades to bring greater vitality and unity to the Eastern Orthodox Church, and bring greater warmth and understanding to the world, I extend my warmest congratulations on this most auspicious occasion. Congratulations, Archbishop Iakovos, and I wish you the very best in your continuing struggle for peace and for the church.

Archbishops of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America