The Press Office of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens issued the following announcement:
“In his recent television interview about our Church’s contribution to the Revolution of 1821, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece referred to Islam, meaning nothing more than the distortion of the Muslim religion itself by a handful of extreme fundamentalists, who wreak death and destruction all over the world.
These are exactly the people the Archbishop was referring to, that is, people who instrumentalize Islam and turn it into a deadly weapon against all those who have a different view from that of “unbelievers,” even that of believers.
Both the Archbishop and all the Metropolitans of the Church of Greece respect in practice all the known religions and treat all the faithful with Christian love and solidarity without discrimination, through all their actions and initiatives, especially in the social and charitable field.
Furthermore, the example of the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of Christians and Muslims in Thrace bears ample witness to this.”