President Sakellaropoulou stresses Greece's support to the Patriarch of Antrioch

Patriarch of Antioch John I Katerina Sakellaropoulou

04Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou spoke on the phone with the Patriarch of Antioch John I and expressed Greece's support in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit the regions of Southeastern Turkey and North Syria, which are within the Patriarchate of Antioch jurisdiction.

Sakellaropoulou noted on Friday that Greece will continue to support the quake-stricken people of the region in every possible way.

On his part, the Patriarch of Antioch thanked Sakellaropoulou for her solidarity and briefed her on the situation that exists in the quake-stricken areas.

Antiochian Greek rescue teams have been deployed to the frontline in Aleppo after the earthquake struck the city, Greco-Levantines World Wide reported.

"The Antiochian Greek community has always been the first to respond to humanitarian crisis," said GLWW.

"Antiochian Greek volunteer from GOPA-DERD (Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch- Department of Ecumenical Relations) in Aleppo while helping with the rescue operations," it added.

Following the earthquake that struck the region at dawn on Monday 6 February 2023, His Beatitude Patriarch John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, launched a distress signal to help the afflicted and affected people, The Middle East Council of Churches said.

Hence, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East formed a relief taskforce in response to this emergency appeal, and announced the following on its Facebook Page:

“Upon the appeal of His Beatitude Patriarch John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, to respond to the urgent needs of the Parishioners, Churches, and Parishes in the regions of Antioch, Alexandretta, Mersin, Aleppo, Hama and Latakia, following the devastating earthquake, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East has formed a relief taskforce with the aim of implementing emergency response and assistance to those impacted by this great disaster.

Accordingly, those who wish to provide emergency assistance, whether monetary or in-kind contributions, may contact this relief taskforce, as follows:

In Lebanon (if you reside in a country sanctioning Syria):

Our Lady of Balamand Patriarchal Monastery - Archimandrite George Yacoub

Address: Our Lady of Balamand Monastery, Koura, North Lebanon

Mobile: +961 3 080550

Bank Transfer:

Bank: IBL Bank S. A. L. Branch: Balamand- Lebanon

Account holder: Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

Account number: 022 0023010220700026

IBAN: LB67005200220023010220700026


Currency: USD

In Syria:

Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development - Archimandrite Meletius Shattahi

Address: Damascus, Bab Sharqi, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East

Tel: +963 11 5414490

Mobile: +963 941 333850

Bank Transfer:

Byblos Bank, account number: 2350203788008

Any contribution, no matter how small, can contribute to alleviate the suffering of many.

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