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.
If the Ukrainian Orthodox Church receives recognition of its independence from Moscow from the Ecumenical Patriarch, the similarly isolated Macedonian Church hopes for a similar breakthrough.
Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, inaugurated an international environmental conference on the island of Spetses, southwest of Athens, on Wednesday.
Vartholomaios, also known as the "Green Patriarch" aims to persuade other religious leaders to join the global battle against climate change.