On Tuesday, May 17, delegates of the local administration of Crete paid a customary visit to Archbishop Makarios of Australia, at his headquarters in Sydney.
More specifically, the Archbishop was visited by the Vice-Regional Chief Executive of Crete Mrs. Maria Lioni, the Regional Councillor for Expatriate Hellenism Mr. Konstantinos Fassoulakis, the Mayor of Malevizi Mr. Menelaos Bokeas, the Secretary of the Regional Council Mrs. Georgia Milaki, the Regional Councillors Mr. Kostas Dandoulakis and Mr. Nikos Manousakis, the Deputy Director of the Historical Museum of Crete Mr. Agesilaos Kaloutsakis, and the scriptwriter of the documentary “Krousonas: In the footsteps of Captain Satan”, Ms Katerina Bikaki.
During the meeting, the Archbishop had the opportunity to explain to the visitors from his homeland the programs and activities of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia, while he answered the questions of the Cretan delegates regarding the life and progress of the Cretan community, the Cretan Associations, the Church, education and the relationship of the Archdiocese with the local authorities.
Archbishop Makarios hosted a banquet in honour of the distinguished guests, during which he presented the Cross of St. Andrew the Apostle of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia to the Vice-Regional Chief Executive of Crete, Mrs Maria Lioni, the delegated Councillor of the Region of Crete for Diaspora Issues Mr. Konstantinos Fasoulakis and the Mayor of Malevizi Mr. Menelaos Bokeas.
During his speech, the Archbishop asked the attendees to convey his blessings and love to the newly elected and promising Archbishop of Crete, Mr. Evgenios, and to the Chief Executive of the Region of Crete, Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis.