“Greece is the best piece of real estate in Europe; that’s why it gets so much pressure,” Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Ieronymos said on Saturday.
The Archbishop spoke during a ceremony in which he was proclaimed honorary citizen of Ilion. During his speech, he referred to the economic crisis, the bailout programs and the controversial issue of the relations between Church and State.
“We are called upon to raise the bar. Let us leave petty issues behind. Let us not care about Church-State relations, but about the relation between Church and Nation,” he said.
Ieronymos spoke about the economic crisis in Greece, saying that, “this country has gone through many crises. Differences have always been there. Everyone has to correct their own mistakes and work together with people who have different opinions, for the good of our country.”
“Greece is despised because it is the best plot in Europe; that’s why it gets so much pressure. It is up to us to get out of this difficult situation. According to my experiences, I believe we are called to be united and struggle. We are called to find a cure for our childhood illnesses and unite for the good of our country, and not for ourselves,” the Archbishop stressed.
Ieronymos praised the work of the Church of Greece during the crisis and pledged that it “will continue because it is a work done for the common good.” He added, though, that this is not the work of the Church, or the clergy alone, but the work of all people who have good in their hearts.