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08.05.05 10:44 Age: 7 yrs

Greek hospitality in the cradle of Christian mission

Archbishop Christodoulos

The archbishop of Athens
and All Greece, His
Beatitude Christodoulos

"The Church of Greece wishes to sustain Greek hospitality to the international community and to offer the floor to WCC member churches for a fertile and creative exchange of missionary experiences," said the archbishop of Athens and All Greece. His Beatitude Christodoulos was delivering a welcome message to the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism- a week after Orthodox Easter, and one year after the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

From the site of "the first Christian sermon given by the Apostle Paul and spread throughout Europe and the world," Christodoulos invited the WCC member churches "to explore Orthodox theology and Patristic Tradition through the prism of its missionary tasks and accomplishments".

Christodoulos expressed hope that the conference "will contribute to a better understanding among its participants in their effort to be called in Christ to be healing and reconciling communities."