March 2005

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA CONTINUES HIS PASTORAL VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA
 
On Sunday 27th February 2005, His BEatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa conducted the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in the Holy Cathedral of the Great Martyr St George the Trophybearer, together with His Eminence Sergios Metropolitan of Cape Town, His Grace Dimitrios Bishop of Thermi and His Grace Evmenios Bishop of Lefki.
 
Present at the Divine Liturgy were the Consular Officials of the Orthodox countries in South Africa, among whom were the Consuls of Russia, Romania and Greece. Also present were representatives of other doctrines, among whom was Lawrence Henry, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town.
 
Following the Divine Liturgy and in reply to the addresses made by the Greek Consul General Mr Christodoulos Margaritis and His Eminence Sergios Metropolitan of Cape Town, His Beatitude stressed the importance attributed by the Patriarchate of Alexandria to the flock of the Archdiocese of Cape Town who are distinguished by their piety towards the Triune God and their dedication to the Motherland. He spoke also of the efforts made by the Church for the relief of our suffering fellow man and of the future plans of the Patriarchate for a systematic support for these people through special programmes which will be co-ordinated by non-governmental organizations which have already begun being established by the Archdioceses and Dioceses of the Throne. He urged the faithful to continue to work and create having as their criterion the benefit of the Hellenic Community and not to fail to show concern for our fellow man who are suffering from poverty and disease, for they are also made in the image of God. An exchange of gifts followed and he then immediately ordained Fr George Zolotenko, a spiritual child of the Patriarch from Odessa in the Ukraine, who now serves as Parish Priest in Mocambique and Swaziland, as Protopresbyter.
 
His Beatitude then went to the Community Hall where he attended a lunch hosted in his honour by the Hellenic Community. After the meal, His Beatitude was interviewed by the two largest-circulation newspapers in the area.
 
That evening, the Greek Consul General Mr Christodoulos Margaritis hosted a reception in honour of His Beatitude at the Consular residence, attended by the consular staff, city officials and members of the local Government.
 
PATRIARCHAL MEETING WITH THE PREMIER OF THE WESTERN CAPE - CONTINUATION OF PASTORAL VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA
 

On Monday 28th February, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Sergios Metropolitan of Cape Town, the Consul General of Greece Mr Christodoulos Margaritis and the Chairman of the Hellenic Community Mr Athanasios Martalas, visited the Premier of the Western Cape, Mr Ibrahim Rasoul, and attended an official lunch hosted in his honour.
 
Views were exchanged on the co-operation between the Government and the Orthodox Church, especially regarding social welfare. His Beatitude mentioned the programmes of the Archdiocese of Cape Town and especially the intention of establishing an orphanage for the children of Cape Town who have lost their parents due to AIDS. Also, the Primate of the Alexandian Church thanked the Premier for the Government's support of the Hellenic Community of Cape Town and stressed the cordial relations which exist between the Greek Orthodox Christian Church and the Muslims in the African countries, especially in the seat of the Patriarchate, Alexandria and in all of Egypt. He mentioned his vision of establishing a Theological School in order that graduates of the missionary schools and seminaries may study there. He mentioned the positive acceptance of this request by the Egyptian Government.
 
The entire afternoon of the same day was dedicated to meetings of the Patriarch with committees of the various Orthodox Communities in the area. He listened very carefully to the problems besetting the various committees and gave directives for their solution. Particular discussions were held with the committees of the Hellenic Community where His Beatitude had the opportunity of expressing his joy on their steady progress in attracting new members. He called on the members of the committees to work with greater enthusiasm and a spirit of good co-operation.
 
To the members of the Bulgarian community, he expressed his fervent wish to see more closer ties, more intense action and promised that they would have his undivided assistance. He congratulated them on the love they show to the Church and to him personally, and urged them to continue their co-operation with their Metropolitan, so that they may be helped with the solutions to their problems.
 
This was followed by the laying of the foundation stone of the Chapel of Ss Raphael, Nicholas and Irene which was attended by the Consul General of Greece in Cape Town Mr Christodoulos Margaritis, the Consul of Cyprus in Namibia Mr Savvas Savva, the Chairman of the Hellenic Community Mr Athanasios Martalas and many faithful.
 
In his address His Eminence thanked His Beatitude for the particular honour of its being the first church to have its foundations laid by the Patriarch following the taking up of his duties. His Beatitude prayed for the success and completion of this work.
 
A reception followed at the Archbishopric, where the choir of the Hellenic Community under the leadership of Mrs Effy Saridakis sang hymns and then traditional songs.
THE PATRIARCH AT THE HELLENIC COMMUNITY OF GEORGE - SOUTH AFRICA
 
On Tuesday 1st March 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa left Cape Town by road for the community of George in South Africa.
 
During the journey he stopped off at the town of Mossel Bay where a group of Hellenes was awaiting his arrival. At noon His Beatitude attended a lunch which was hosted by the Hellenes in his honour. Late that evening he arrived at the community in George where he was warmly welcomed by all the members of the Orthodox parish. Vespers was held there at the Holy Church of the Great Archangels for the beginning of the month.
 
His Beatitude was welcomed by His Eminence Sergios Metropolitan of Cape Town to whose jurisdiction the community of George belongs. In replying to the Metropolitan's address His Beatitude congratulated him on the work done in the past few years.
 
The Hellenic community then held a reception for the Alexandrian Primate in their grounds.
 
THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA IN PORT ELIZABETH - SOUTH AFRICA
 
Early on the morning of Tuesday 2nd March 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa departed from George, where he had been since the previous day, for the city of Port Elizabeth, continuing his pastoral visit to South Africa.
 
During the journey, he stopped over in Knysna in order to visit the Chairman of the George Community and past mayor of the city Mr Sophocles Demopoulos and his wife and to thank them for their long and significant contribution to the establishment and organization of the Hellenic Community in the area and their defining contribution to the building of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangels.
 
On his arrival in Port Elizabeth, the Alexandrian Primate, following a lengthy journey, was enthusiastically welcomed by the faithful and the members of the Hellenic Community. A doxology at the Holy Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos followed for the safe arrival of His Beatitude, which was attended by the Consular officials of the city, municipal representatives, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and representatives of other doctrines.
 
Protopresbyter George Vakonakis, a colleague of His Beatitude from the mission in Cameroon and now Parish Priest of the Hellenic Community in Port Elizabeth, who is responsible for missionary activity in the area, welcomed the Patriarch. mentioning the difficulties faced in their missionary effort and spoke of the tasks achieved thanks to the efforts of His Beatitude who was then Metropolitan of Cameroon.
 
In his reply His Beatitude referred to missionary work which is the future of Orthodoxy in Africa and expressed his particular joy at once again meeting his former colleague. With great emotion he spoke of the older Greeks and first immigrants who established communities and built churches. He commemorated the long-serving Parish Priest of the Community Archimandrite Porphirios Marinakis who was a great figure of the Church.
 
Afterwards, in the Community Hall, the Chairman Mr Sakis Zenios warmly welcomed the Patriarch thanking him for the great honour given to the Greeks through his visit.
 
THE PATRIARCH VISITS THE ZULU TRIBE
 
Continuing his pastoral visits, on Friday 4th March 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa visited the Missionary Centre in Natal where the first parish for the Zulus has been established.
 
The Alexandrian Primate had the opportunity of meeting the members of this first parish, who welcomed him enthusiastically, singing Church hymns and traditional songs. His Beatitude addressed them with much love, blessed them and wished them spiritual progress. He thanked them for the trust they have shown the Orthodox clergy, their Metropolitan, His Eminence Sergios, and their previous Parish Priest and now Bishop of Ghana, His Grace Damaskinos, as well as the new Parish Priest of the area, Archimandrite Theodoros Dridakis.
 
His Beatitude also congratulated the workers and members of the Missionary Committee for their multifaceted and substantial support. He especially thanked Mr Nick Kritikos for his contribution to the building of the church of St Mark at the Missionary Centre as well as the civil engineer Haralambos Liasides for the technical supervision of this work. He also announced that the Holy Archdiocese of the Cape, in co-operation with "Allilengye" ( the non-governmental organization of the Church of Greece has organized the operation of a school and a clinic on the grounds of the Mision Centre.
 
The Primate of the Alexandrian Throne then went on to visit the Consul General of Greece, Mr John Pediotis, at his home.
 
Later in the afternoon, His Beatitude flew on to Bloemfontein to visit the Hellenic Community there. Immediately following his arrival he visited the Church of the Annunciation where he conducted Vespers. The Parish Priest of the Church, Protopresbyter Emmanuel Vasladelis and the Chairman Mr Nick Georgiou welcomed the Patriarch.
 
THE PATRIARCH CONTINUES HIS PASTORAL VISIT
 
His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa continued his Pastoral visit to the Archdiocese of the Cape in South Africa holding meetings with the Committees of the Hellenic Community of Bloemfontein and officials of the Greeks in South Africa who specially went to Bloemfontein to meet with the Patriarch, on Saturday, 5th March 2005.
 
At noon, His Beatitude, accompanied by His Eminence Sergios of Cape Town, Archimandrite Markos Theodosi, Protopresbyter George Zolotenko and members of the Hellenic Community left Bloemfontein and drove to Welkom.
 
On his arrivel in the town he was welcomed by the members of the Hellenic Community and many citizens of the town.

Continuing his pastoral visit to the Holy Archdiocese of the Cape, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa visited the Mator of the city of Port Elizabeth on Thursday 3rd March 2005.
 
Accompanied by His Eminence Sergios of Cape Town and the Chairman of the Hellenic Community Mr Sakis Zenios, the Alexandrian Primate visited the City Hall of the city of Port Elizabeth where he was warmly welcomed by the Mayor Mr Faku, who was a fellow prisoner of former President Nelson Mandela during the apartheid era. In their mutual discussions they made mention of the contribution of Hellenism to the city and to the significant role which the Church has played in maintaining the decrees and values of the reformed society of South Africa.
 
VISIT TO THE MISSIONARY CENTRE OF PORT ELIZABETH
 
Immediately thereafter, accompanied by the Metropolitan and his colleagues the Patriarch visited the Missionary Centre in Port Elizabeth where he blessed the food prepared by the ladies of the Hellenic Community and the members of the Missionary Committee gave it to the 500 children of the St Alban's School who had been waiting for the Primate of the Alexandrian Throne since that morning to visit the place which in the recent past had become a spiritual oasis for them.
 
The Principal and Deputy Head of the School warmly welcomed His Beatitude with words of gratitude for the many years of contribution by the Greek Orthodox Church to their School which has the poorest children of the city. The owner of the farm from where the contribution of food is made and also is the centre of the Mission, Mr Nick Siakos, explained to His Beatitude how the missionary effort in the area was begun by the then Parish Priest of Port Elzabeth and now Metropolitan Sergios and thanked the Patriarch for showing concern for its continuation.

 


 
In his reply of thanks the Patriarch ensured those present of his undivided interest in the missionary work of the area and donated R10,000 for the needs of the School.
 
His Beatitude was then taken on a conducted tour of the Mission Centre and then went into the mission chapel of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul to venerate.
 
VISIT TO DURBAN
 
In the afternoon of the same day Thursday 3rd March 2005, the Alexandrian Patriarch flew to Durban to continue his pastoral visit.
 
There, in the presence of the Greek Consul of the city Mr John Pediotes, city representatives, govenrment representatives and many people, and accompanied by His Eminence Sergios and His Grace Bishop Damaskinos of Ghana, he conducted the service for the foundations of the new Church of the community dedicated to the memory of St Nicholas, the Apostle Andrew and St Gerasimos.
 
A doxology was then performed for the arrival of His Beatitude  following which the Parish Priest of Natal Archimandrite Theodoros Dridakis welcomed the Patiarch and thanked him for the service of his first foundation ceremony following his election to the Throne of the Apostle Mark. In his reply, the Patriarch congratulated those who had led the building of the Church, urged the faithful to continue living according to our Greek Orthodox tradition and promised that he would return soon to inaugurate the Church which will be the centre of the spiritual life of the faithful in the area.

UESDAY 8TH MARCH 2005


His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa began the programme of the second day of his pastoral journey to the Holy Archdiocese of Johannesburg and Pretoria by visiting Pantanassa, Johannesburg, one of the largest Orthodox churches in South Africa.
 
Accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim and the local clergy, His Beatitude was warmly welcomed at the church at which many years previously, his predecessor Patriarch Petros VII of Blessed Memory had served as Parish Priest.
 
"...Your Beatitude, your visit fills us with joy and uplifts our spirits, for in your person we see, touch and honour the continuer of the most glorious Apostle and Evangelist Mark...", said the Parish Priest, Fr Nikodemos, who welcomed the Patriarch on behalf of the congregation.
 
LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE "ATHANASIOS"  ESTABLISHMENT FOR NEEDY HELLENES OF SOUTH AFRICA
 
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Johannesburg went to the area near the Church of the Holy Unmercenaries in Johannesburg, where His Beatitude laid the foundation stone for the first establishment for needy Hellenes living in South Africa. This is something that shows the actual concern of the Orthodox Church of Africa for the needy Hellenes of Johannesburg and its broader regions.
 
It should be noted that it is the first establishment with this objective in South Africa. This establishment will be given in a few months time to 40 needy Hellenes, where they will be able to find the necessary material and moral support from the local Hellenic Community and the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.
 
The most important point to note, though, is that this double story, brick building which reminds one of Greece, is a donation by a Greek person from Johannesburg, Mr Lefteris Athanasiou. This is yet another reason for the establishment's being named the "Athanasios Establishment" and all service there will be completely free. The ground on which the establishment is being built was given by the Metropolis.
 
"...We do not only have need of monasteries, but also of these humble establishments, which help us ease the suffering of those needy Hellenes who at some time left their homeland, their family, to find a better life...", said His Beatitude among other things. He ended by saying "We need to offer them whatever we can".
 
Present at the laying of the foundation stone were the Vice-President of S.A.E. (Society of Hellenes living ABROAD) Aand Co-ordinator of the Asia-Africa region Mr Basil Magdalinos and many people.
 
THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA VISITS THE CRETAN BROTHERHOOD OF SOUTH AFRICA
 
An emotional welcome was afforded the Patriarch of Alexandria by the Cretans of South Africa, honouring the Primate of the Alexandrian Church who comes from the heroic Greek island of Crete.
 
His Beatitude spoke about brave Crete, from the time when he served in the Metropolis of Sfakia until the time that the Alexandrian Church appointed him as exarch of the most ancient Patriarchate in Odessa, Russia, stressing that he is the fourth Cretan Patriarch of Alexandria.
 
His Beatitude spoke to all the Cretans who attended the function which ended with Cretan songs and dances.
 
WEDNESDAY 9TH MARCH
 
THE PATRIARCH VISITS THE RUSSIAN PARISH AND MEETS WITH THE AMBASSADORS OF THE EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES IN JOHANNESBURG
 
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa went to the Russian Parish of St Sergios in Johannesburg, a beautiful church where the Eastern European faithful gather, where he blessed the faithful and the representatives of these countries.
 
Speaking at times in Russian and at times in Greek, His Beatitude addressed the Russian Ambassador Mr Kousakov, saying that "...Russia has always loved peace and is a great power which in the past stood by Greece...". The Patriarch said the the building of this churchis a symbol of the friendship between the Alexandrian Church and the Church of Moscow. His Beatitude also expressed his satisfaction at the work done in Russia by His Beatitude Alexios, Patriarch of Moscow and ended by saying "May God bless Russia and the people".
 
The Ambassadors of Bielarussia, Romania and Boulgaria were also an honoured present at the warm welcome given to the Patriarch of Alexandria at the Russian Parish of Johannesburg.
 
RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA
 
A significant event for the local community of Johannesburg was the reception hosted in honour of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa by His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg.
 
The function drew the interest of the entire Greek community of Johannesburg, as well as that of the representatives of many countries, who arrived to welcome the Primate of Orthodoxy in Africa. Among these, an honoured presence was made by  the Ambassador of Greece Mr John Economides, the Ambassador of Cyprus Mr Kostas Leontiou, the Ambassador of Egypt Mrs Hagar Islambouly as well as many Ambassadors of Eastern European countries,among whom were the Ambassadors of Russia, Bielorussia, Bulgaria and Romania.
 
The Ambassador of Greece Mr John Economides passed on to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Africa Theodoros II the warm greetings of both the Greek Prime Minister Mr Kostas Karamalis, the leaders of the Ministry of External Affairs and Mr Molyviatis as well as those of the Leader of the Official Opposition Mr George Papandreou.
 
His Eminence Seraphim, in his address to His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa said that: "...the great joy of the Patriarch is its unity, because this unity gives us the strength to continue our work". He then added: "   in expressing the certainty that with prudence and love the ship of the Alexandrian Throne will continue to sail into history, we try, with the help of our diplomatic officials to give witness to Orthodoxy in Africa".
 
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa in his address said that this day coincides with the completion of exactly five months since his elevation to the Patriarchal Throne, on 9th October 2004. He repeated that he wishes his Patriarchate to be one of humility and dignity. He thanked Metropolitan Seraphim for his words and for his contribution to the works of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg. He made special mention of the presence of the Ambassador of Egypt in Johannesburg, saying that the Egyptian government had officially recognised him and given him Egyptian citizenship.
 
The function ended with songs  beautifully interpreted by the EPNEK choir.
 
THURSDAY 10TH MARCH 2005
 
THE ALEXANDRIAN PATRIARCH AT THE "NOMIKEIOS" OLD AGE HOME AND THE CHURCH OF ST NEKTARIOS JOHANNEBURG
 
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa began the fifth day of his pastoral journey with an emotional visit to the "Nomikeios" Old Age Home. Following his visit to the Church of St Nektarios, where the Patriarch revealed that he had found treasures in the archives of the Patriarchate of this saint of our Church, he went to the building housing the home where 40 elderly people are cared for, all of whom wanted to receive his blessing. His Beatitude gave them courage and promised that he would soon be back with them.
 
Accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim, Archimandrite Markos and the Parish Priest Archimandrite Petros Parginos, His Beatitude visited all the rooms of the elderly people who have difficulty in moving around. Many of the elderly people living there are from Egypt and this allowed His Beatitude to speak of the elderly people in the "Kaniskarios" Old Age Home in Alexandria whom he visits when he is in Alexandria.
 
THE ALEXANDRIAN PATRIARCH VISITS SAHETI SCHOOL JOHANNESBURG
 
The Patriarch of Alexandria chose his visit at SAHETI school to announce on Thursday 10th March that he would be founding a new Seminary for all Africa.
 
Speaking to 850 pupils of the greatest and most important Greek School in South Africa, which is over thirty years old, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in Africa stressed the significance of this new establishment which would have the opportunity every year of teaching 40 future priests who will become the staff of the Orthodox Archdiocese on the Dark Continent.
 
Patriarch Theodoros said that permission for the establishment of this seminary has already been given by the Egyptian Government and its beginning is programmed for next year, when the new Patriarchal Palace will already have been inaugurated in the former "Tositaia" School in Alexandria. The Patriarch said that there would be three aims of this school: Firstly, its purely seminarian teaching in order that it may give to the community excellently educated priests. Secondly, First Aid teaching, in order that every new priest of the Patriarchate of Alexandria who will be a missionary priest, may be able to offer some first aid assistance where this is necessary, especially in developing countries, where medical assistance is either limited or non-existent.  Thrisdly, agricultural knowledge, so that the priests may offer the Africans Orthodox faithful, a way in which to earn a living. "I am of the opinion that instead of offering fish, it would be better to teach them to fish..." said the Alexandrian Patriarch, when speaking to the children of South Africa.
 
It is to be noted that the Greek children of South Africa at SAHETI school warmly welcomed Patriarch Theodoros, sang and danced traditional songs and dances and played traditional Greek music. Present at the school were His Eminence Seraphim, and the Consul General of Greece in Johannesburg, Mrs Chrysoula Aliferi, Mr Basil Magdalinos of S.A.E., the Board of the historic School and many graduates.
 
The Chairman of the Hellenic Community of Johannesburg Mr Evangelos Tsichlas and his wife the hosted a lunch in honour of His Beatitude at a restaurant in the city.
 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA's PASTORAL VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA CONTINUES
 
By Journalist Nick Katsikas
 
THURSDAY 10TH MARCH 2005
 
On the afternoon of Thursday 20th March 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa met with the Committee of the Hellenic Community of Johannesburg. The meeting, which took place at the offices of the Holy Archdiocese of Johannesburg, was about the recording of the issues which concern the community in which our Patriarchate can contribute in order that they may be solved in a way that will bring about the best results.
 
On the night of the same day the Ambassador of Cyprus, Mr Kostas Leontiou, hosted a dinner in honour of His Beatitude, wanting to show the significance that Cyprus places on the Missionary work of the Church of the Evangelist and Apostle Mark.
 
Theodoros II, Patriarch of Alexandria, on his part stressed how much he respects and honours the struggles of the cypriot people, which remind him especially of the struggles of the people of Crete.
 
The Ambassador of Greece Mr John Economides and Mr Basil Magdalinos the Vice President of SAE - Asia-Africa honoured the function with their presence.
 
FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2004
 
On Friday 11th March 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa paid an official visit to the Consul General of Greece in Johannesburg, Mrs Chrysoula Aliferi.
 
When welcoming the Spiritual Leader of the Orthodox Church in Africa, the Greek Consul General did not hide her emotions when she told him that it was the first time that a Patriarch of Alexandria was visiting the offices of the Consulate which had been completed two years previously and which had been inaugurated by the Greek Prime Minister Mr Kostis Stephanopoulos.
 
Mrs Aliferi stated that the visit of the PAtriarch of Alexandria to the Consulate was a great event. She also explaine to His Beatitude the issues about which the Consulate is concerned. On his part, the Patriarch of Alexandria spoke to the staff about the significance of the Missionary work of the Church of the Evangelist and Apostle Mark and stressed that he will always be close to the dynamic Greek Consulate.
 
SERVICE IN MEMORY OF PATRIARCH PETROS VII OF ALEXANDRIA
 
Leaving the Greek Consulate His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa went to the "Catechetical School of Alexandria Petros VII". The visit had a twofold aim: Firstly, it was a visit to the place where 8 students who are already or will become staff of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. Secondly and most importantly, was the conducting of the Thrice-Holy Blessing in memory of Patriarch Petros VII of Alexandria of Blessed Memory whose name the school has been given. During the memorial service, Theodoros II, Patriarch of Alexandria, with difficulty tried to keep his emotions in check, on the loss of a Patriarch who dedicated  his life to the work of the building of our Church. His Beatitude conducted the Memorial service in the presence of His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg and the students of the school, who will be used purely in the missions, as they students come mainly from cuntries in southern Africa.
 
It is to be noted that in the creation of the school "Petros VII" the contribution of the Greek Nation was significant, who helped with this project in conjunction with the services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as of the Church of Greece. So, with the co-operation of the Consulate of Greece in Johannesburg, two non-governmental organizations gave their services to the operation of this school. These are the "Alexandrian Lighthouse" of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg and the "Solidarity" of the Church of Greece.
 
These two can now hope for the completion of a community programme which will bring them 150,000 euro, an amount which is for the purchase of the property, the building of the school and its operation for two years. The students at the school will dedicate the which they will gain to missionary work and will give to the Patriarchate of Alexandria new able members, which will come essentially from African countries.
 
The Primate of Orthodoxy in Africa Theodoros II, Patriarch of Alexandria, expressed his satisfaction for the final outcome of his efforts to strengthen the Orthodox on the African Continent, but at the same time emotionally gave a promise in memory of his predecessor of Blessed Memory: that he will complete the work of Petros VII, who gave all his life to the Patriarchate of Alexandria, throught the works which are continuing in Cairo, Alexandria and the rest of Africa, so that they may be completed as soon as possible in memory of the man whose  life, together with the lives of his entourage, ended so tragically i the freezing waters of the Aegean, exactly six months ago...
 
THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA MEETS WITH THE FEDERATION OF HELLENIC COMMUNITIES OF SOUTH AFRICA (11th March)
 
On the afternoon of the same day His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa presided over a meeting of the Federationof Hellenic Communities and Societies of South Africa, headed by its Chairman Mr Manolis Rodokanakis, and attended by His Eminence Seraphim, and the Vice President of SAE Asia-Africa Mr Basil Magdalinos as well as all the representatives of Hellenic organizations.
 
Speaking first, His Beatitude turned the clock back 12 years, to when he had come to Johannesburg. He stressed that he places great significance on the work which he had to do: firstly his concern for the Greeks living here and secondly for Missions. He also mentioned the huge efforts being made in order that the great rebuilding works of the Patriarchate be completed as soon as possible, espoecially in Alexandria as well as in Cairo, within the framework of which a library to hold 10,000 volumes is being planned, at the place where underground passages from the time of the Ptolemies were found. His Beatitude added that work on the beautiful Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Alexandria is progressing, right next to the Tositsaia School which will become the seat of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in a few months, and where a huge Greek flag will wave.
 
The Alexandrian Patriarch expressed his gratitude to Mr Magdalinos the Vice Chairman of SAE as well as to the former Chairman of the Federation of Hellenic Communities of South Africa Mr Panayiotis Manikas.
 
The Chairman of the Federation Mr Manolis Rodokanakis then stressed that a new chapter for Hellenism has begun with the election of Theodoros II as Patriarch of Alexandria. He also stressed that the Hellenic Communities want to keep the Greek language and tradition intact because the 4th generation of Hellenes in South Africa has begun.
 
His Beatitude stressed that his term of office will be one of love and will be there for them whatever help they should ask of him.
 
11th MARCH - RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA BY SAE
 
In an emotional atmosphere His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa spoke at the reception which was held in his honour by the Society of Greeks Abroad. The Vice President, Mr Basil MAgdalinos welcomed His Beatitude warmly, stressing the significant work of the Alexandrian Church. 
 
Immediately thereafter His Beatitude took those present on a tripto all the places which made a mark on his hierarchal journey: He spoke of the white mountains of Psiloritis, about the Caucasians, the Sahara, Mocambique and Zimbabwe, ending in Alexandria where 5 months previously he had been elected as the 115th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. At the same time, though, he stressed that he would have to continue his travels to be with the Greeks living abroad, as those in South Africa who created schools, churches, communities. He thanked everyone for all they had done to this day to honour the struggles of their ancestors who had immigrated from Greece and promised them that he would be a humble Patriarch always close to them "as a friend, a brother, a fellow countryman".
 
Present at this great function were the Greek Ambassador to South Africa Mr John Economides and his Egytian counterpart Mrs Hagar Islambouly together with many other dignitaries.
 
12th March - THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA  VISITS THE HELLENIC COMMUNITY OF GERMISTON
 
On the morning of Saturday 12th March 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa visited the Hellenic Community of Germiston, one of the most important Hellenic corners of Johannesburg as, on these grounds, apart from the above community, are housed the services of the Federation of Hellenic Communities of South Africa, as well as the House of the Cretans, the Imbrian Brotherhood and the Lemnian Brotherhood.
 
His Beatitude blessed the people who came to the beautiful church of St John the Forerunner, and promised that in the first weeks of January 2006 he would be in their church to do the service of the founding.
 
The Chairman of the Federation of Hellenic Communities Mr Manolis Rodokanakis welcomed the Patriarch of Alexandria and addressed him saying that in him Hellenism faces the "Patriarch of love and humility, and from whose prayers it receives strength...".
 
The Patriarch of Alexandria did not hide his wonder of the excellently organised buildings of the Germiston Community and thanked them for the warm welcome they showed him.
 
On the eveing of the same day the Primate of the Alexandrian Church conducted the Vespers of the Feast at the Church of St Nicholas of Japan, a church in Brixton. attended by mainly English speaking faithful of the Archdiocese as well as by members of the Romanian community. The Patriarch congratulated the choir and those present who have each in their own way contributed to their church. as well as those who have undertaken the decoration and iconography of it large icons. Patriarch Theodoros conducted Vespers following the Russian Typikon.
 
12 March - A WARM WELCOME FOR THEODOROS II PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA BY THE SOCIETY OF HELLENES FROM EGYPT AND SUDAN
 
The Society of Hellenes from Egypt and Sudan who live in Johannesburg gave an especially warm welcome to His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. Among them were the Ambassador of Egypt Mrs Hagar Islambouly who spoke with warm words of the Primate of the Alexandrian Church. "Your name says it all" said the Egyptian Ambassador, addressing His Beatitude Theodoros. "You are a gift of God not only for Hellenes, but also for Egypt, the Mediterranean, and humanity". Mr Islambouly spoke with wonder about the spiritual leadership of the Alexandrian Primate and stressed that it is a great honour that the city of Alexandria is hosting him. She spoke also of the close and fraternal bonds between Greeks and Egyptians. She also thanked him for the kind words said about Egypt.
 
On his part, His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II expressed his special appreciation towards the Egyptian President Mr Hosni Mubarak and stressed that Egypt remains always hospitable. Addressing the Chairman of the Society of Hellenes from Egypt, Mr Kosta Georgiou, His Beatitude stressed that in him he sees the Hellenes from Egypt, all of those whom he admires for their intellect, for their multilingualism and especially for their great respect for the church.
 
Lastly, Mr Georgiou, the Chairman of the Society stressed the necessity for support of the multifaceted work of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, which includes the building of the Patriarchal Residence in Alexandria, the organization of the museum and the Library and assured His Beatitude that the members of the Society will support and help this work.

 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA MEETS NOBEL PRIZE WINNER NELSON MANDELA

 

His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa met Nelson Mandela, this morning, Wednesday 16th March 2005.

 

The Alexandrian Primate in characterizing the former African President as “the symbol of freedom and peace in the whole world”, did not hesitate to bow and kiss the hand of the man who he admired from his youth for his struggles for democracy. “You are the man who personifies the vision of freedom and justice. I am very happy to meet you”, stated Patriarch Theodoros to the holder of the Nobel Peace Prize. He then added “I have served the Church for many years as a missionary and always present Jesus Christ and Nelson Mandela as an example to the African Orthodox Christians”. And in passing on to the great leader the feelings held by Hellenes for him, the Patriarch stressed to Mr Mandela “all of Greece loves you as a symbol and we adore you and honour you for your struggles”.

 

On his part, Nelson Mandela expressed his joy at meeting the Patriarch of Alexandria and said that it was a great honour for him to welcome into his home the head of the Orthodox Church in Africa. “It is very significant and encouraging for me to be visited by such important people and this makes me very happy”, stated the former African President – with the simplicity which distinguishes him – adding that “now I have a friend who will be able to speak to the angels about me so that they may take me to paradise”. He joyfully accepted the gift of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Africa Patriarch Theodoros, an icon of Christ, for which Mr Mandela did not hide his great satisfaction.

 

Finally, Mr Mandela expressed his satisfaction for the struggles undertaken by the Patriarch of Alexandria, as well as the soon to be started programme for the fight against AIDS in South Africa, a problem which in recent years has taken on great dimension in many African countries.

 

“It is a great honour for me that you have come to bless me in my home. I hope that you will pray for me, the 87 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner said in an emotional moment of his meeting with the Primate of the Ancient Patriarchate, just before saying farewell to the Alexandrian Primate. The Patriarch promised Mr Mandela that he will always pray for him, who personifies the struggle for freedom and democracy in all the world.

 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA IN PRETORIA

 

On Sunday 13th March 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa was warmly welcomed by the Hellenic Community of Pretoria, South Africa.

 

His Beatitude presided over the Divine Liturgy which took place in the beautiful Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg and Pretoria and the clergy.

 

All the diplomatic and community officials were present, headed by the Ambassador of Greece, Mr John Economides, the Chairman of the Federation of Hellenic Communities Mr Manolis Rodokanakis and the Vice President of SAE Asia Africa Mr Basil Magdalinos, as well as the Chairman of the Hellenic Community pf Pretoria Mr Chris Anagnostopoulos.

 

In the presence of crowds of the faithful who filled the church to capacity in order to honour the Patriarch of Alexandria on his first visit to South Africa, His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg spoke about the work done by the Alexandrian Primate from the beginning of his priestly life, through his hierarchal journey and ending at the 9th of October 2004 when Theodoros of Zimbabwe was elected as the 115th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa.  “…Your election became the closing of a wound…” said Metropolitan Seraphim to His Beatitude, referring to the relief of the faithful and the clergy that a worthyhierarch had filled the vacancy left by Patriarch Petros VII of Blessed Memory. “…Welcome to your home///”, said Metropolitan Seraphim to the Patriarch of Alexandria.

 

His Beatitude then reminded everyone that from the next day the Holy and Great Fast would begin, and compared this entire period to a great spiritual journey.

 

The Alexandrian Primate then thanked all who had come to welcome him. Speaking especially to the children he said that they are “they are our hope, our joy”. He donated to the Hellenic Community of Pretoria an icon of Father Cosmas, who, as he said, “when you build a school, you close a prison”. “This is the gift of a humble Patriarch to a glorious community”.

 

The Ambassador of Greece then spoke and stressed that Hellenism and Orthodoxy always go together. “Hellenism cannot exist without Orthodoxy but also the greatest support of Orthodoxy is Hellenism”, said Mr Economides.

 

Immediately following the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy, a memorial service was held for those Hellenes who fell during the Revolution of 1821 and a wreath-laying ceremony followed. At the end, and started by Patriarch Theodoros, everyone present sang the National Anthem.

 

Before leaving the Church in Pretoria, His Beatitude met and spoke with many children and gave them gifts.

 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA MEETS NOBEL PRIZE WINNER NELSON MANDELA

 

His Beatitude Theodoros II Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa met Nelson Mandela, this morning, Wednesday 16th March 2005.

 

The Alexandrian Primate in characterizing the former African President as “the symbol of freedom and peace in the whole world”, did not hesitate to bow and kiss the hand of the man who he admired from his youth for his struggles for democracy. “You are the man who personifies the vision of freedom and justice. I am very happy to meet you”, stated Patriarch Theodoros to the holder of the Nobel Peace Prize. He then added “I have served the Church for many years as a missionary and always present Jesus Christ and Nelson Mandela as an example to the African Orthodox Christians”. And in passing on to the great leader the feelings held by Hellenes for him, the Patriarch stressed to Mr Mandela “all of Greece loves you as a symbol and we adore you and honour you for your struggles”.

 

On his part, Nelson Mandela expressed his joy at meeting the Patriarch of Alexandria and said that it was a great honour for him to welcome into his home the head of the Orthodox Church in Africa. “It is very significant and encouraging for me to be visited by such important people and this makes me very happy”, stated the former African President – with the simplicity which distinguishes him – adding that “now I have a friend who will be able to speak to the angels about me so that they may take me to paradise”. He joyfully accepted the gift of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Africa Patriarch Theodoros, an icon of Christ, for which Mr Mandela did not hide his great satisfaction.

 

Finally, Mr Mandela expressed his satisfaction for the struggles undertaken by the Patriarch of Alexandria, as well as the soon to be started programme for the fight against AIDS in South Africa, a problem which in recent years has taken on great dimension in many African countries.

 

“It is a great honour for me that you have come to bless me in my home. I hope that you will pray for me, the 87 year old Nobel Peace Prize winner said in an emotional moment of his meeting with the Primate of the Ancient Patriarchate, just before saying farewell to the Alexandrian Primate. The Patriarch promised Mr Mandela that he will always pray for him, who personifies the struggle for freedom and democracy in all the world.

 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA AT THE 25th MARCH CELEBRATIONS IN PRETORIA

 

Immediately following the Divine Liturgy and the Memorial Service for those who fell for the freedom of our country, His Beatitude watched an exceptional and excellently organised school celebration in the grounds of the church with regard to our national anniversary. The children of Pretoria sang, recited poems and most danced, to show practically that the Greeks of Pretoria maintain our country's traditions.

 

The Chairman of the Hellenic Community of Pretoria welcomed th Alexandrian Patriarch and said that "we dedicate this day to our Patriarch who has met our children and showed them that he really is the Patriarch of love".

 

Mr Anagnostopoulos thanked the Patriarch for coming to Pretoria where the Hellenic community has a threefold aim: maintaining our language, our Greek Orthodox faith and the customs of our country.

 

THE FIRST VESPERS CONDUCTED BY THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA IN JOHANNESBURG

 

On the evening of the same day, Cheese Fare Sunday, at the beginning of the period of Holy and Great Lent, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg and all the clergy of the Archdiocese conducted the first deeply moving Vespers.

 

That night the Revelas family hosted a dinner in honour of the Patriarch.

 

CLEAN MONDAY - 15th MARCH 2005

 

Keeping the tradition handed down by our fathers, the Patriarch of Alexandria conducted the first service of Orthros and the Hours of Great Lent and immediately afterwards, accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim and Archimandrite Markos Theodosi, visited the countryside to celebrate the "koulouma". In order to keep to tradition he chose a site just outside Pretoria.

 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA AT THE LYCEUM OF GREEK WOMEN OF JOHANNESBURG

 

On Wednesday 16th March 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa addressed the Lyceum of Greek Women of the city of Johannesburg at a function. It is a cultural group which has already been in existence for 18years, has about 200 members and works closely with the University of Johannesburg.

 

Addressing His Beatitude, the Chairlady of the Lyceum of Greek Women, Mrs Nicki Souris characterised the presence of the Alexandrian Primate as a "bright dawn in the darkness of night, an oasis in the arid desert" and asked for his support for their work. Finally, the Chairlady said that many members of this active cultural group are planning to visit the seat of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in Egypt, soon.

 

The Patriarch expressed his satisfaction and joy at being with the members of the Lyceum of Greek Women and stated that he appreciates their work becuase in many parts of the world the Lyceum of Greek Women has contributed significantly in the preservation and spreading of our cultural traditions. He also promised to send some of his personal old articles to be displayed by the Lyceum of Greek Women of Johannesburg.

 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA VISITS THE GREEK AND CYPRIOT EMBASSIES IN PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

 

On Thursday 17th March 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg, visited the Embassy of Greece in Pretoria, South Africa where he was warmly welcomed by the Greek Ambassador Mr John Economides and all the staff of the Embassy.

 

Immediately thereafter the Alexandrian Primate visited the Cyprus Embassy in Pretoria where he was equally warmly welcomed by the Ambassador Mr Kostas Leontiou.

 

His Beatitude then attended a lunch hosted in his honour at the Ambassadorial residence by the Greek Ambassador Mr John Economides. Present at the lunch were diplomats from Orthodox Eastern European and other countries, as well as the Ambassador of Egypt, the Ambassadors of Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Cyprus as well as the Papal Apostolic Nuncio, the Charge d' Affaires of the Greek Embassy Mr Yiannakakis, the Charge d' Affaires of the Russian Embassy, the Chairman of the Federation of Hellenic Communities of South Africa Mr Manolis Rodokanakis, the Vice Chairman of the Hellenic Community of Pretoria Mr Tzirkalles, and other dignitaries.

 

PATRIARCHAL DIVINE LITURGY AT THE HOLY CHURCH OF ST ANTHONY

 

On Saturday 19th March 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa conducted the Divine Liturgy at the Chapel of St Anthony in Johannesburg.

 

Following the Divine Liturgy he visited the Holy Church of the Apostle Andrew in Krugersdorp where he was received with great enthusiasm.

 

In his address the Patriarch congratulated the Parish Priest Father Dimitrios for his many activities and his significant work.

 

His Beatitude then attended a lunch hosted in his honour by the community there.

 

THE PATRIARCH VISITS THE HELLENIC COMMUNITIES  

 

On Friday 18th march 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa visited the Hellenic Communities of the East Rand accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg.

 

His Beatitude then visited the Holy Churches of the Great Martyr St George the Victorious, the Holy Church of St Basil the Great and the Holy Church of St Athanasios.

 

In all instances His Beatitude was welcomed with great enthusiasm by the Community Councils and the people. His Beatitude had the opportunity of discussing various issues and then expressed his gratitude for the good co-operation that exists between the Metropolitan and the Hellenic Communities  and to encourage the Hellenes who are in South Africa and promised that he will soon be back among them.

 

The Hellenic Commuities then together hosted a lunch in Benoni in honour of the Patriarch.

 

On the evening of the same day, Friday 18th March 2005, the Patriarch conducted the service of the First Salutations at the Holy Church of Pantanassa.

 

The service was attended by many people and His Beatitude spoke on the person of the Holy Virgin.

 

Following the Service of the Salutations, the Parish Council of the Holy Church of Pantanassa hosted a reception in honour of His Beatitude.

 

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY

 

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, 20th March 2005, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa conducted the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Cathedral of Ss Constantine and Helen in Johannesburg accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim of Johannesburg and Pretoria and clergy from the Holy Archdiocese.

 

Following the Divine Liturgy the Alexandrian Primate conducted the Doxology for the National Celebration of 25th March. Following the Doxology the procession of the Holy Icons took place.

 

Present at the Divine Liturgy and the Procession were the Consul General of Greece in Johannesburg Mrs Chrysouls Aliferi, the First Councillor of the Greek Embassy, representatives from the Greek Parliament, the Chairman of the Hellenic Federation in South Africa and many people.

 

The celebrations continued at the grounds of SAHETI School and were opened by the Alexandrian Primate who lit the symbolic flame.

 

A proud parade of all the Hellenic Schools, Associations and Socieites followed, showing that Hellenes in South Africa lives the Hellenic Spirit of its ancestors.

 

The function continued with dances by the children of the school.

 

A lunch was then hosted in honour of the Patriarch.

 

On the evening of the same day Vespers was conducted by His Beatitude at the Chapel of the Holy Trinity and St Mark on the grounds of the Metropolis.

 

HIS BEATITUDE ATTENDS THE RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF OUR NATIONAL DAY IN JOHANNESBURG

 

On Monday 21st March 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa attended a lunch hosted in his honour by the Chairman of the Society of Hellenes from Egypt in Johannesburg, Mr Kostas Georgiou and his family. Also present at the lunch were the Chairmen of the Hellenic Communities of South Africa.

 

His Beatitude stressed the good co-operation which must exist between the Communities, the Metropolis and the Patriarchate for the good of Hellenism in South Africa. He also mentioned the significant and multifaceted contirbution of the Hellenes of Egypt to Greece, Hospitable Egypt and South Africa.

 

On the evening of the same day the Alexandrian Primate went to the Consular Residence for the reception for our National Day which was also attended by representatives of the Greek Parliament, the Bishop of the Coptic Church, Chairmen of Hellenic Communities and Societies and many people.

 

His Beatitude, who today completes his journey to South Africa bade everyone farewell with words of love and care, and promised that he would always be with them in whatever they need.

 

Today, 22nd March 2005, His Beatitude will visit the Ambassador of Egypt, which country is also the seat of the Patriarchate, in order to thank her for the respect and protection which the Government of Egypt shows to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria.

 

The Alexandrian Primate will leave this evening from Johannesburg for Cairo and immediately for Alexandria in order to meet on Wednesday 23rd March 2005, with the representatives of the Greek and Arab Chambers of Commerce in Alexandria for the development of commercial ties between the two countries. He will then immediately leave for Cairo for the Doxology and the functions for the National Day.

 

THE PATRIARCH OF ALEXANDRIA RETURNS TO HIS SEAT

 

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa returned to Alexandria and the Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas on the morning of Wednesday 23rd March 2005 following a lengthy Pasotoral visit to South Africa.

 

At noon His BEatitude received a visit from the Consul General of Greece in Alexandria Mr Theocharis Lalakos, His Beatitude referred amongs other things to the significant results of this pastoral visit to the cradle of Hellenism in Africa, as well as to the Missionary Centres which are now in operation in South Africa.

 

The Alexandrian Primate then had a common meeting with the Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Development, the Chairman of the ArabHellenic Chamber of Commerce and a group of educators from Mytilene. His Beatitude welcomed them to the seat of the PAtriarchate, referred to the great history of the Church of St Mark and to the significant and multifaceted Missionary work which has been undertaken on the African continent. Refreshments were then offered in the Great Hall of the Patriarchal Monastery.

 

NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA

 

On Thursday 24th March 2005 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa went to Cairo for the celebrations of the National Day of 25th March in the Egyptian capital.

 

The Alexandrian Primate attended the reception hosted by the Anbassador of Greece in Cairo Mr Panayiotis Vlassopoulos, accompanied by His Grace Bishop Emmanuel of Babylon (Old Cairo) and the Patriarchal Administrator Fr Nikodemos. Participating in the reception were representatives of many countries, the Greek residents, and the Egyptian President Mr Hosni Mubarak was represented by the Minister of International Affairs of Egypt Mr Hatza Abou El Naga. The Hellenic Community of Cairo was represented by the Chairman Mr Christos Kavalis and the Hellenic Community of Alexandria,by the Vice Chairman Mr Dimitris Vafiades. Representatives of all the Hellenic Associations also attended, among whom were the Chairman of the Hellenic Centre of Cairo Mr Nicholas Politis, the Chairman of the Hellenic House of Heliopolis Mr Ioakeim Flevotomas, the Chairman of the Union of Ambetios School Mr George Vallas, the Chairman of the Hellenic Naval Club of Cairo Mr Nakis Patsalis, the Chairman of the Hellenic Naval Club of Alexandria Mr Edmond Kasimatis and others.

 

25th MARCH 2005

 

In the presence of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa on Friday 25th March 2005, Hellenic Cairo celebrated the anniversary of Hellenic Regeneration.

 

His Beatitude conducted the Divine Liturgy at the end of which he referred to the message of the Gospel extract, which he prayed would settle in the hearts of the faithful, giving a patriarchal and paternal blessing that God would bless the struggles of all who today came to honour the events for Hellenic Regeneration. He asked of the ALl Holy Theotokos to intercede for all people.

 

The Alexandrian Primate then conducted the Doxology accompanied by His Grace Emmnuel Bishop of Babylon and the clergy of Cairo at the Holy Community Church of Ss Constantine and Helen which is at the centre of the Egyptian capital.

 

The Hellenic State was represented by the Greek Ambassador to Egypt Mr Panayiotis Vlassopoulos. Also present was the Ambassador of Cyprus Mr Phaedon Anastasiou, the Consul General of Greece in Cairo Mr Eracles Asteriades and the Cypriot Consul Mr Andrea Kouzoupis.

 

All Hellenes attended today's and the previous days' celebrations for the 25th of March. The pupils of the historic Schools of Achillopoulieon and Ambetios as well as the Scouts of Cairo also attended.

 

The Patriarch, addressing the residents asked especially of the young Hellenes who live in Egypt and the other countries of Africa never to forget "the Greek language, the anthem of the homeland, the holy things of our nation". "There will always be an Arkadi, an Agia Lavra" to remind us of the struggles of Hellenism through the ages", ended the Primate of the Alexandrian Church.

 

Present also at the functions which ended witha parade and dances by the dancing groups of the educational institutions of Cairo, were the Defence Attache Captain Kostas Levetis, the Press Attache Mr Kostas Yiannakodimos, the Educational Attache Mr Aris Maggioros, the Secretary General of the Hellenic Community of Cairo Mr George Kallidis, the Community Counciloors Mr Argyriou, Mr Diamantides, Mr Economou and many people.

 

On Sunday 27th March 2005 His Beatitude will conduct the Official Doxology for the National Celebration of 25th March at the Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas in Alexandria.

 

Updated 30/03/05