The Ambassador of Greece to Australia, George Papacostas, paid an official visit to the central offices of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia in Sydney on Saturday, 19 February.
Mr Papacostas was welcomed by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, who guided him around the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and informed him about the progress on the restoration works of the heritage-listed Church after fire damaged the building last year.
His Eminence and the Greek Ambassador then had a cordial discussion, focusing on issues that concern the Greek community in Australia and areas of cooperation between the diplomatic authorities of Greece and the local Greek Orthodox Church.
Mr Papacostas also had the opportunity to look at the architectural plans of the new facilities of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia and the new Theological College.
In attendance at the meeting were also the Assistant Bishops, His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis, His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Magnesia and His Grace Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis, as well as the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Mr Christos Karras.
To end the day, the Ambassador of Greece visited the archbishopric residence where the Archbishop gave a meal in his honour.