Patriarch of Alexandria briefed President Biden on Moscow’s uncanonical intrusion into Africa


Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa, along with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, met today at the White House Mr. Steven J. Ricchetti, Advisor to President Biden, and members of his team.

His Beatitude had the opportunity to brief them on the work of the Patriarchate in Africa, as well as the worrying developments of the non-canonical intrusion of the Patriarchate of Moscow into the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.

The meeting was later joined by President Joe Biden. His Beatitude presented him with the Grand Cross (Μegalostavros) of the Apostle Mark, thanking him for the continued support of the United States to the Patriarchate of Alexandria, as well as to Greece and Cyprus.

Speaking to the press afterwards, Patriarch Theodoros expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to meet President Biden during his first apostolic visit to the United States, calling him a “man of faith.” “I had the opportunity to discuss not only the invasion of Ukraine, but the ‘invasion’ by another Church of my own Patriarchate,” His Beatitude said.

“President Biden is very sensitive to issues of freedom of religion,” Bishop Elpidophoros said. He echoed the Patriarch’s confidence in the ability of the United States to deal with the events unfolding within the Patriarchate of Alexandria: “The United States is a bulwark for religious freedom and democracy, and they support these values ​​all over the world, whether in Ukraine or in Africa. ”

His Beatitude thanked Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his blessing of the trip and his unfailing love for the Patriarchate of Alexandria. “During my trip to the United States, I had the opportunity to meet the Hellenic Diaspora of America for the first time and to talk with them about the ‘continent of the future’: Africa,” said His Beatitude. , thanking Bishop Elpidophoros for his support. and hospitality.

Later, Patriarch Theodoros visited the State Department, where he met with At-Large Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain.

The Reverend Alex Karloutsos, Protopresbyter to the Ecumenical Throne, was present at the White House meeting. Their Eminences Metropolitans George of Guinea and Nikodimos of Memphis have joined His Beatitude in the Department of State.


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