GOARCH - April 28, 1999

Archdiocese Participates in Ecumenical Delegation to Serbia
and Makes First Installment of Relief Fund

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, has announced the participation of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in the ecumenical delegation headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dr. Joan Brown Campbell of NCC that is leaving tonight for Belgrade. The Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese, His Grace Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthou is representing the Archbishop and is accompanying twenty interfaith leaders on this initiative.

The delegation met earlier this afternoon with National Security Advisor Sandy Berger at the White House, before leaving for Dulles International Airport and the trip that will take them to Frankfort, Zagreb and the final destination of Belgrade. The group, made up of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders is expected to see the captured American Servicemen and to meet with religious leaders in Belgrade. An audience with His Beatitude Patriarch Pavle has been scheduled for this coming Friday.

Bishop Dimitrios will be carrying with him a check for $50,000 that will be presented to Patriarch Pavle for humanitarian relief efforts. During Holy Week, Archbishop Spyridon had issued an appeal for the communities of the Archdiocese to make special collections for a newly established Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Kosovo Relief Fund established at Atlantic Bank in New York. The faithful of the Archdiocese have responded with great generosity and this $50,000 is the first disbursement from the Relief Fund.

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