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    http://www.greeknewsonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=6711 Archons Meet to Address Religious Freedom Agenda Posted on Monday, April 30 @
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      Archons Meet to Address Religious Freedom Agenda
      Posted on Monday, April 30 @ 13:58:13 EDT by greek_news

      New York.- By: Athanasia T. Diamantis

      A panel discussion on Religious Freedom, the core mission of the
      Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was held recently at Archon
      Dean Poll's Boathouse in Central Park by members of the Order of
      Saint Andrew of the Direct Archdiocesan District. His Eminence
      Archbishop Demetrios, Senator Charles E. Schumer and Congresswoman
      Carolyn Maloney were among the featured addressed that attended the meeting.

      Regional Commander of the Archdiocesan District, Peter Skeadas along
      with the Chairman of the Religious Freedom Committee, John
      Catsimatidis, opened the discussion by introducing and thanking
      Senator Charles E. "Chuck" Schumer for taking time out of his hectic
      schedule to make it to the meeting. The New York Times wrote that
      Chuck "is a more serious lawmaker with more rooted values, sounder
      policy positions and a deeper commitment to the common good."

      The first Senator to sign the letter to President Bush regarding the
      Ecumenical Patriarchate and Religious Freedom, the Senator expressed
      that he is "extremely proud to be the first signer of the letter to
      the President urging him to protect the Religious Freedom of the
      Orthodox Church that is being threatened by the Turkish government."
      The Senator closed his remarks by stating that he looks forward to
      seeing all the Archons, who have been named Grand Marshals of the
      Greek Independence Day Parade, on April 15th.

      National Commander, Dr. Anthony Limberakis, presented a power point
      slide presentation regarding the Ecumenical Patriarchate and
      Religious Freedom. "The Order of Saint Andrew is like no other
      organization in the Archdiocese and Metropolises. Archons are focused
      on the survival, promotion and defense of the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate." Among the topics covered in his presentation, Dr.
      Limberakis emphasized how important it is, as an Archon, to visit the
      Ecumenical Patriarchate in person and to make that commitment to
      travel half-way around the world and experience, first hand, the
      shocking treatment that Orthodox Christians endear every day. "Bring
      your family and go see the holy relics of St. Gregory the Theologian
      and St. John Chrysostom.

      Visit Ankara and express your concerns to the American Ambassador
      concerning Religious Freedom." He also stressed how important it is
      that whenever in the presence of a political, or community leader to
      bring up the issue and inform them how dire it is that action be
      taken immediately.

      Dr. Limberakis announced that His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, who
      earned a Th.D in Theology from the University of Athens, a Ph.D from
      Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and celebrates his 40th
      year as Episcopacy this year as bishop, is the recipient of the 2007
      Athenagoras Human Rights Award. "He has written books, articles, and
      is a world expert on the New Testament and of Saint Paul. Our
      spiritual father always advocates for Ecumenical Patriarch
      Bartholomew and Religious Freedom at the highest levels of government."

      His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios thanked the National Commander, Dr.
      Limberakis, the Archons and the attendees for coming and started his
      speech with his recent trip to Washington where the topic of most
      conversations was the Ecumenical Patriarchate. President George Bush
      "offered his whole-hearted admiration of the offering of the Greek
      Orthodox community" in a private meeting with His Eminence whom he
      found to be "exceedingly cordial". "You know what becomes now more
      and more of a tremendous factor for the Turkish government, a group
      of people known as Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We've
      become a nightmare for them. Believe it or not, these Archons are
      everywhere. They're in Constantinople, in the European Union, Capitol
      Hill, the State Department, in Ankara, everywhere. And you should
      know, in terms of political handlings of today, that human groups,
      groups of people concerned and dedicated to an idea are much more
      effective than diplomacy," said His Eminence.

      Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney attended the luncheon as well. In her
      speech, she noted that when she "goes back to Congress, we need to
      put legislation to recognize the Ecumenical Patriarchate with legal
      independence and personality and not to interfere with the election
      of the Ecumenical Patriarch that is interfering with Religious
      Freedom. And very importantly, to stop confiscating the Church's
      property and to return the orphanage that was seized". She also
      thanked and congratulated John Catsimatidis for his efforts in
      achieving air time for the Greek Independence Day Parade on Fox 5 and
      is looking forward to attending.

      In closing the luncheon, Dr. Limberakis and John Catsimatidis
      presented copies of the full-page Religious Freedom ad in the New
      York Times that appeared in the national issue here in the United
      States to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Dr. John Brademas, Dr.
      Evangelos Gizis, Dr. Christos P. Ioannides and Regional Commander of
      the Archdiocesan District, Peter Skeadas.
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