GOARCH - June 18, 1999

Archbishop Spyridon Presents IOCC with Generous Gift of Faithful

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, has presented the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with a gift of $85,000 to aid the humanitarian relief effort in Yugoslavia.

During the presentation, The Archbishop congratulated IOCC for its efforts to serve those who are suffering and gave his blessing for future endeavors.

"This gift represents the fruits of our invitation during Holy Week to assist the Serbian Orthodox Church and is good reason for multiplying efforts in the future. May God assist you to make the most of this gift."

His Eminence also urged IOCC to remain committed to helping those in Serbia because of the enormous damage that has been done there.

The bulk of the monies were collected during Holy Week and reflect an out-pouring of love and concern from Orthodox Christians of America who have responded to all calls for relief since the outset of the crisis in Kosovo.

IOCC was created in 1992 and serves as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops (SCOBA). IOCC is committed to the call of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: to minister to those who suffer and to those who are in need.

Separately, The Archbishop had conveyed to His Beatitude Pavle, The Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in Serbia, a donation in the amount of $50,000. The gift was part of the collections of the faithful during Holy Week. His Grace, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthou, hand- carried the gift to Belgrade when he accompanied the NCC delegation which effected the release of the American servicemen.

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