Immediately after the announcement of the election of the new Archbishop of Crete Eugenios from the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archbishop Makarios of Australia contacted him by phone and wished him, on behalf of the Bishops of Australia, the noble clergy, and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Australia, a blessed ministry. The Archbishop of Australia also conveyed the wishes of the numerous and dynamic Cretan Associations of Australia to the new Archbishop of Crete.
Archbishop Makarios of Australia said specifically “immediately after we were informed about your election, we wanted, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Australia, to congratulate you”. He also stressed that “due to your abundant spirit and your continuous struggle, you are able to guarantee a worthy governing of the Archdiocese of Crete”
Archbishop Makarios also said, “We pray to the omnipotent God to keep you healthy for many years to come in order for you to preach the truth”.