On Thursday morning, November 23, 2023, Metropolitan Cleopas of Sweden and all Scandinavia warmly received the newly appointed Ambassador of Greece to Sweden, Aikaterini Fountoulaki.
With genuine delight, the Metropolitan extended the heartfelt paternal wishes of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and offered his congratulations on her assumption of new duties, expressing sincere hopes for her success in this role.
The Metropolitan started the visit by guiding Mrs. Fountoulaki to the Cathedral of St. George, where he shared insights into ongoing restoration efforts and provided a tour of the Museum of Greek Christian Heritage.
During their subsequent hour-long meeting, Metropolitan Cleopas outlined the scope of the Metropolis, which is Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, detailing the extensive work carried out across various regions and highlighting the productive collaborations with her predecessors.
In gratitude for the warm reception and discussion, the Ambassador expressed her appreciation and sought the Metropolitan’s prayers and support as she undertook her multifaceted responsibilities.
As a gesture of goodwill, the Metropolitan presented the Ambassador with his two-volume work titled “Unpublished Letters of Saint Nektarios of Pentapolis,” along with records from the Patriarchal Visit of 2019.
The following day, Friday, November 24, 2023, Metropolitan Cleopas paid a visit to the Embassy of Greece in Stockholm, extending his best wishes to Ambassador Aikaterini Fountoulaki for her upcoming name day.
Text translated by: Konstantinos Menyktas