The Archbishop of Australia paid his first pastoral visit to Darwin and expressed his joy and emotion on the occasion. He had the opportunity to see in person that the Greek Diaspora of the region keeps talking the Greek language, remains steadfast in the Orthodox faith, and continues the traditions. In other words, they keep the Greek spirit alive in the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia.
The Archbishop of Australia arrived at Darwin International Airport at noon on Saturday, December 7. There, he was warmly welcomed by dozens of Greeks, who did not stop shouting “Axios!” and by students of the city’s Greek-Orthodox school.
The official reception of the Archbishop was held in the Greek Orthodox School, where the Christmas celebration took place. In his brief address, Archbishop Makarios said, “Do not forget that the history of our ancestors and our Saints runs in our blood. This is a privilege a few people have in the whole world. So, we must keep it and pass it on to future generations.”
In the evening of the same day, Archbishop Makarios visited the Church of St. Nicholas, where he presided over the Vespers Service, and then he attended a luncheon organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of North Australia.