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Symposium to focus on the religious freedom crisis of Christians in the Middle East, Feb 7

New Port Richey, FL

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta a symposium will be held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Port Richey, FL on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, focusing on the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and religious freedom issues affecting minorities in the Middle East. The theme of the symposium is "The Sacredness of Childhood" which invites everyone to recognize and respect the rights and integrity of children, based on the appeal of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his 2016 Christmas Proclamation, which states:

"...to respect the identity and sacredness of childhood. In light of the global refugee crisis that especially affects the rights of children; in light of the plague of child mortality, hunger, and child labor, child abuse, and psychological violence, as well as the dangers of altering children's souls through their uncontrolled exposure to the influence of contemporary electronic means of communication and their subjection to consumerism."

The symposium is being organized by Archon Elias Damianakis who is working in cooperation with the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America.

5:00 PM - Press Conference and Dignitary Introductions
6:00 PM - Presentations of Various Christian Communities
Followed by hospitality and fellowship in Kontos Hall

Topics of concern to be discussed:

  • The Plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • Syrian Kidnappings
  • Coptic Church Modern Martyrdom
  • Ukrainian Orphanage for Crimean Children
  • Ethiopian Refugee Garden in Tampa Bay
  • Critical Conditions in Palestine and Jordan


  • Archon Elias Damianakis, Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle
  • Fr. Matthew Morgan, Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Fr. John Kouki, Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Fr. Harry Linsinbigler, Ukrainian Orthodox Church
  • Representatives of the Palestinian and Jordanian communities

Saint George Greek Orthodox Church
9426 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Live Stream:
View the Live Stream on: UStream | Facebook

For additional information:
Archon Elias Damianakis

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