USA Urged to Assist Patriarchate

January 4, 2010

The Greek Orthodox Church’s senior cleric in the USA has sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, as well as other high-ranking Washington officials, in a bid to draw attention to the treatment of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios by Turkey.

Archbishop of America Demetrios wrote just before Christmas Day to US President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid, to ask for their help in protecting the patriarch.

The letters also ask for help in ensuring that the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul to continue operating and performing its mission are upheld.

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