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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2004 ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO VISIT GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA, METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY AND METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      March 2, 2004

      ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO VISIT GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA,
      METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY AND METROPOLITAN MUSEUM BYZANTINE EXHIBITION
      DURING VISIT TO UNITED STATES

      NEW YORK, NY- His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,
      spiritual leader of over 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide,
      will make his fifth visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
      from March 13-19. He will make his first official pastoral visit to the
      Metropolis of New Jersey and will attend the much anticipated
      exhibition on Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) at the New York
      Metropolitan Museum of Art. His All Holiness will offer a lecture
      entitled Byzantine Icons: A Legacy for Humanism, on Thursday, March
      18th at the Museum.

      His All Holiness will arrive in New Jersey on March 13th and will be
      welcomed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek
      Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey,
      government officials, clergy and Greek Orthodox faithful. His All
      Holiness will go immediately to Sights & Sounds at Holy Trinity Church,
      Westfield, NJ, an annual event that showcases the talents of Greek
      Orthodox young people in New Jersey.

      On Sunday morning, March 14th, beginning at 9:30 a.m., His All Holiness
      will celebrate a Patriarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral of St. John the
      Theologian in Tenafly, NJ. A reception will follow the Divine Liturgy
      and, that evening, Metropolitan Evangelos and the Metropolis of New
      Jersey will host a dinner in honor of the Patriarch.

      During his stay, His All Holiness will meet in New York with the
      Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA),
      the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH),
      ecumenical leaders, and leaders of major religions.

      New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will meet with His All Holiness
      as well as members of the Diplomatic Corp and of the political and
      governmental world. The Archons of the Order of St. Andrew and
      Archdiocesan leaders will also meet with His All Holiness.

      On Wednesday March 17, there will be a Doxology Service with young
      people of the Archdiocesan District of New York Parochial Schools at
      St. Nicholas Shrine Church, Flushing, NY, followed by a visit, by His
      All Holiness, to the classrooms of The William Spyropoulos Greek
      American Day School.

      The visit of His All Holiness will conclude with the Patriarchal
      Lecture at the Metropolitan Museum, followed by a reception that
      evening for the Library Conservation Project at St. Catherine's
      Monastery (Mt. Sinai), viewing of the Byzantium: Faith and Power
      (1261-1557) exhibition and a dinner in the Temple of Dendur in the
      Museum.


      GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
      8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021
      Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0215
      Web: http://www.goarch.org
      Email: communications@...
      Contact: Nikki Stephanopoulos
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