Greek Archbishop Ieronymos informed the Holy Synod on Friday that he has refused an invitation from Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem to attend a meeting of Orthodox leaders.
According to a statement issued by the Holy Synod, Ieronymos refused the invite because the calling of such meetings of Orthodox leaders is the sole privilege of the ecumenical patriarch based in Istanbul.
Ekrem Imamoglu (l) the newly elected Mayor of Istanbul, talks to members of the media with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios (r), the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, following their meeting in Istanbul, Thursday. Imamoglu of the Republican People's Party (CHP) won a decisive victory on June 23, his second in three months after authorities annulled an earlier vote.
The Order of Saint Andrew congratulated Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa for his appointment as Archbishop of America in a letter published on Saturday.
The head of the Order, Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, expressed its "tremendous joy and satisfaction" for his election and pledged to support and promote his goals and programs.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is visiting Istanbul on Thursday as part of a private visit to attend a service at the Church of St. George at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the party said in a press release.
On the occasion of his visit, Mitsotakis will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos.