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Greek – British Journalist Released

I. Athanasiadis(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Greek-British journalist Iason Athanasiadis was released by Iran on Sunday, according to reports by the Agence France Presse and Reuters news agencies. Athanasiadis, who works for the Washington Times, had been arrested during disturbances following the recent presidential elections in the country. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had lodged a demarche with the Iranian government for the journalist’s release. He has both Greek and British citizenship. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Statement of FM Bakoyannis regarding the liberation of the Greek journalist held in Iran More information about Iason Athanasiadis’ work, see Greek News Agenda: Against Islamophobia and Exploring the Other

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Lodges Demarche

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew announced on Monday that he had lodged a demarche with the Iranian government for the release of Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis. The Patriarchate’s relations with Islamic countries are considered to be good, especially with Iran, which Bartholomew visited in 2002. Google News: News items Athanasiadis’ arrest

Last “Goodbye” to Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece

The funeral of Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece was held on Thursday at the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral, followed by a burial ceremony at Athens’ First Cemetery. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated at the service. The funeral was attended by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and government officials, the parliament Speaker, political party leaders, and MPs, as well as the Prelates of the Orthodox Churches around the world. All public services and schools remained closed on Thursday. Continue reading