Tornos News | Archons and Ecumenical Patriarch honor renowned scientists at Banquet of Archons in New York


The Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, hosted its Athenagoras Human Rights Awards Banquet on October 30 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, concluding the first week of his historic apostolic visit to the United States, presented the prestigious award – previous winners included Mother Teresa, President Joe Biden, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George HW Bush and the First Lady Barbara Bush, and Nobel Laureates Mikhail Gorbachev and Elie Wiesel – to four scientists “whose extraordinary efforts have led to honoring scientists whose extraordinary efforts have led to vaccines and covid therapies around the world,” saving millions of lives. The winners included Albert Bourla, Ph.D., DVM, CEO of Pfizer, Ugur Sahin, MD and Ozlem Tureci, MD, co-founders of BioNTech and George D. Yancopoulos, MD, Ph.D. and Christos Kyratsous, Ph. D. from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

The 900 guests who attended the annual event whose fraternal dimension was particularly strong after last year’s “pandemic break” and the two-year shortage of the usual community events that bring them together locally and nationally were welcomed by the Dr Anthony Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew. Alex M. Azar II, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, served as emcee.

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, greeted by guests with standing ovations, offered to congratulate the laureates and expressed their appreciation for the dedication and generosity of Archons across the country.


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