“The visit to the Archbishop was an extremely special experience,” said Pillay. “I was deeply impressed by his commitment to the WCC and its work. I shared details on a number of areas of our work and he was absolutely appreciative of the work we are doing.”

Pillay said he also had a very meaningful conversation with the minister of Foreign Affairs, sharing information about the WCC’s peacemaking initiatives. “The minister is keen to get involved in our roundtable endeavour on Ukraine and Russia,” said Pillay. “Also the minister of Education, Religion and Culture showed deep interest in the work of the WCC and will plan to visit us in Geneva to discuss possible collaborations. I am greatly impressed with the support and commitment expressed by both the Greek Orthodox Church and government in the work and life of the WCC.”

Archbishop Ieronymos thanked Pillay for his visit and reflected on the painful nature of global divisions. Archbishop Ieronymos remarked: “These many and varied divisions are painful. There is nothing we can do but work together on the ground. We always see a question lingering where things go in people’s communication and the little opportunity we have to be heard. It also takes effort not to create divisions, which is a bitter experience.”

The WCC general secretary had a tour lead by Metropolitan of Nea Ionia Gabriel, at the construction site of the Ionian center of the Metropolis of Nea Ionia, Athens. The center includes a church, a daycare station, a conference center, a museum, and a hospitality center.

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