Greek Orthodox Tells Why Papal Visit Was OK´d

ATHENS, Greece, MAR. 23, 2001 ( The head of the Greek Orthodox Church decided it will welcome John Paul II for a visit because he showed “serious signs of repentance” for “the first time after centuries of Vatican intransigence.”

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Archbishop Christodulos, leader of the Greek Orthodox, said the Vatican must still take “many steps” of repentance. His comments were seen as a response to nationalist Orthodox who strongly oppose the visit, which is scheduled for May 4-5.

Eustachios Kolas, president of the Association of Greek Clergy, representing 8,000 Orthodox parish priests, referred to John Paul II as the “grotesque, two-headed monster of Rome” and a “wolf dressed in sheepskin.”

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