Archbishop Makarios of Australia held an official visit to the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on July 15.
The Archbishop had a special meeting with MPs, the President of the New South Wales Legislative Council John Ajaka, who showed Archbishop Makarios around the Parliament and the Library, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott and the Deputy Premier of New South Wales John Barilaro, who hosted a luncheon in honour of the new Archbishop and his escort.
During the meetings, issues of common interest were discussed, such as the relationship between the Orthodox Church and New South Wales while Archbishop Makarios had the opportunity to inform the state leadership about the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s actions, in a global and pan-Orthodox level, on the Halki seminary and the Ukrainian issue.
At the same time, the Archbishop signed the visitors’ book of the Parliament.
It should be noted that Makarios was invited to attend one of the next sittings of the Parliament.
On Sunday, July 14, Archbishop Makarios of Australia presided the Divine Liturgy at St. Euphemia, Bankstown, attended by over a thousand faithful and then honoured the Annual Philoptohos Luncheon with his presence.