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What Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew discussed with Biden and Blinken

Dealing with the climate crisis, promoting religious freedom around the world, and effective and socially equitable management of the pandemic were some of the topics on the agenda of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's meetings with US President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The meetings took place in a very good atmosphere, while as church circles underlined, they were not ceremonial contacts, as the two meetings took place with enlarged delegations and with the participation of senior officials of the White House and the State Department.

Situation in Turkey and pressure on the Halki Theological School

From the side of the patriarchal delegation, it was stressed that the current situation with the Theological School of Halki can not continue. As it was underlined, Turkey is trying to put the issue on the basis of reciprocity with Greece and is asking for unreasonable trade-offs, which of course cannot be accepted by Athens. In this light, the patriarchal mission requested that the issue of the Halki Theological School be removed from the agenda of Greek-Turkish relations. For this reason, they called on the United States to upgrade the issue politically and take an additional step that goes beyond the level of rhetoric. As has been characteristically said, Washington must change its tactics, as its policy has not yielded any results for Halki. As for the situation in Turkey, Joe Biden expressed the feeling that President Erdogan is particularly cramped, as his country's economy is in dire straits, and appeared curious about how he would react from now on.

Seismologist - Greece is going through a period of seismic exacerbation

Professor of seismology Gerasimos Papadopoulos spoke about a period of seismic exacerbation that Greece is going through. The distinguished seismologist presented in the show "Social Net" with Fotis Karydas the model of a study that he had published 34 years ago in a geophysical magazine, which has been verified over the years.

Fofi Gennimata has passed away

The president of KINAL, Fofi Gennimata, died at noon on Monday, at the Evangelismos hospital, where she had been hospitalized since October 12 after the recurrence of her basic disease.

Coordinated Greek diplomatic action leads to the first important UNESCO’s Decision on the return of the Parthenon Sculptures

Thanks to concerted diplomatic actions of Greece, the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin (ICPRCP) issued for the first time a Decision, not only a recommendation, regarding the issue of returning the sculptures of Parthenon to Greece, as we used to do the years before. This decision (22.COM 17), which was adopted unanimously last September at the Committee’s 22nd session, acknowledges the just request of our country and for the first time the United Kingdom is invited to enter into a dialogue with Greece.