With the Blessings of Archbishop Makarios of Australia, Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis, the Archiepiscopal Vicar of Canberra attended the Federal Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast held at the National Press Club in Canberra.
Attending the breakfast were leaders of Christian churches and other faith traditions.
The Hon Peter Dutton MP Leader of the Federal Opposition and the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC, MP Attorney General and Cabinet Secretary attended and addressed the audience.
Bishop Bartholomew had the opportunity to speak to various leaders conveying on behalf of Archbishop Makarios of Australia and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
It must be noted that it was the first time a representative of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has attended this event, again illustrating the strength and respect the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has in modern Australia, in particular the last three years since the arrival of our beloved Archbishop Makarios.