On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Thrasyvoulos Lalakos, visited the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, accompanied by the Ambassador of Greece to Israel, Kyriakos Loukakis, his partner, Konstandaras, with the Consul General of Greece to Jerusalem Evangelos Vlioras, the Consul Christina Zacharioudaki and the former Consul Aikaterini Tsima.
Lalakos, after his escort, was received by Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, the Geronda Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina the Elder Draguman Archimandrite Matthaios, and other Hagiotaphite Fathers.
In the context of this visit, the Patriarch informed Lalakos about the difficulties the Patriarchate is facing from the projects promoted by the Municipality of Jerusalem in the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives and in the Holy Zion, which recognizes the property of the Patriarchate, however, they do not allow the reconstruction or other utilization of this property.
The Patriarch also spoke about the educational work of the School of Holy Zion, the efforts of the School Managing Director Archimandrite Matthaios, and the work of creating a Centre for Theological Studies in the Monastery of the Holy Cross and the preservation of the books of the Library of its famous Theological School.
After being informed about this, Lalakos visited the Holy Sepulchre for veneration.
Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem