Church of Greece to participate in Athens’ FYROM rally

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The Church of Greece will participate officially in the protest rally on the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), planned in central Athens on February 4, provided it is peaceful and without political or party affiliations, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos II, announced on Tuesday, following a meeting with the rally’s organizers.

“His Beatitude pointed to the organizers the clear position of the Church of Greece, as it has always been formulated, on the non-acceptance of the term ‘Macedonia’ or any derivative as a component of the name of the state of Skopje and analyzed the important ecclesiastical parameter of the issue,” the Archdiocese of Athens said in a press release.

According to the Archdiocese, the Archbishop reminded the organizers of the latest announcement of the Standing Holy Synod, according to which the Church of Greece considers that “every expression to defend Macedonia’s rights is commended, as long as it is genuine, selfless and spontaneous, and always in the spirit of a legitimate and democratic manifestation” and without “political or party affiliations”.

The Church will be represented at the rally by Dorotheos of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Kea and Melos, the Metropolitan of Drama, Pavlos, and the Metropolitan of Chios, Markos.