Israel’s new ambassador to Greece visited the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, Israel’s new future Ambassador to Greece, Noam Gatz, visited the Jerusalem Patriarchate, accompanied by Tani from Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem and the Hagiotaphite Fathers received the new ambassador and his companions.

During this visit, the Ambassador was informed by His Beatitude of the unbreakable link between the Old and New Testaments, of the conflict between Hellenism and Judaism under the successors of Alexander the Great, and of the Church who recognized the Holy Seven Maccabees as Saints, together with their mother Solomoni and their master Eleazar, and celebrate their feast day on August 1 every year.

There was also a conversation about the current cooperation between the Patriarchate and the Ministry of Interior of Israel to grant residence visas to members of the Patriarchate, monks and nuns, and for entry and exit via Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

The Ambassador asked for information on the relations between the Orthodox Churches, and His Beatitude replied that they are in communion or in cooperation with each other, as well as on the relations of the Orthodox Church with the other Christian Churches , and received the response that they all communicate with each other and cultivate theological dialogue.

Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem referred to the jurisdiction of the patriarchate in the three Palestinian states, extending to Qatar.

Finally, the Ambassador asked for the Patriarch’s best wishes for the success of his new mission.

Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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