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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-03-21

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  • [01] Sunday of Orthodoxy celebrated in Athens, President Papoulias attends liturgy
  • [02] Greek wines promoted at int'l wine fest in US
  • [03] First Hellenic Greek Fashion Week ends, acclaimed as success

  • [01] Sunday of Orthodoxy celebrated in Athens, President Papoulias attends liturgy

    The Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Lent, was celebrated in Athens on Sunday with a liturgy at the Athens Cathedral, attended by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.

    The feast celebrates the end of the iconoclastic controversy that had raged on and off since 726 AD, and the restoration of the veneration of icons on the first Sunday of Lent in 843 AD, and thus the "triumph of Orthodoxy".

    Papoulias read out the Orthodox Creed, and the Our Father.

    Later, Papoulias hosted the customary luncheon for Archbishop Christodoulos and the members of the Standing Holy Synod, at the Presidential Mansion, which was also attended by Education and Religious Affairs minister Marietta Yannakou.

    Speaking at the event, Papoulias noted that the Sunday of Orthodoxy had special reference to respect of the established boundaries in the relations between Church and State, since the celebration of the triumph of Orthodoxy was linked with the lifting of the tragic consequences from the confusion in roles and authorities during the long period of the iconoclastic controversy.

    He said the lack of dialogue had at the time played a role in the cohesion of the people, but was equally timely today, because the value of distinct roles was timeless.

    The overstepping of boundaries causes unpleasant and dangerous consequences in the function of Society, Papoulias said, adding that the country's Constitution set out the distinct roles. He further called on the Hierarchs to meet the demand of society for "catharsis" of the Church.

    In reply, the Archbishop congratulated the new President of the Republic on the assumption of his duties, and assured Papoulias that the Church would be at his disposal and at his side to achieve unity among the people.

    Praising Papoulias' long experience in public life, the Archbishop thanked the President for his reference to the distinction of roles, and assured him that the Church was well aware of the distinct roles as wet out by the Constitution.

    "Respect on both sides is that which guarantees the good coexistence of Church and State," Christodoulos added.

    [02] Greek wines promoted at int'l wine fest in US

    WASHINGTON (ANA/T. Ellis) - Greek wines were promoted at the 6th Wine Festival in Washington which was held in the conference centre of the U.S. capital.

    The festival was held under the aupices of the Washington Post newspaper and attracted more than 2,400 commercial visitors - marking a 53 per cent increase over last year - as well as about 8,000 friends of wine from the broader metropolitan region of Washington.

    The visitors of the Greek pavilion queued during the two days of the festival and declared impressed from the quality of the Greek wines and particularly impressed by the variety of grapes. The Greek participation was organised by the company "All About Greek Wine", which presented wines from its 23 winery members, covering the most important wine-producing regions of Greece.

    [03] First Hellenic Greek Fashion Week ends, acclaimed as success

    The first Hellenic Greek Fashion Week, organised by the Panhellenic Association of Fashion Designers, ended Sunday at the Zappeion Mansion, with organisers confident the highly successful show will become an annual event.

    The Fashion Week, staged under the auspices of the City of Athens, was inaugurated on Thursday by Athens mayor Dora Bakoyannis, while fashion shows were held daily throughout the event, with participating designers presenting their 2005-2006 Winter Collections.

    The Hellenic Fashion Week underlined the importance placed on efforts to better organise and promote Greek fashion, rendering it a substantial commercial asset for the country.

    The Fashion Week aims to bring Athens and Greece back to the world stage, and integrate the Greek fashion creativity to a profitable world fashion industry.

    A total of 27 established and five new Greek fashion designers, several of them internationally renowned, presented their latest creations during the show, including Michalis Aslanis, Daphne Valente, Christos Veloudakis, Fani Voutsela, Lakis Gavalas, Deux Hommes, Kathy Heyndels, Liana Kamba, Lucia, MI-RO, Nikos-Takis, Makis Tselios, Markellos Nyktas, etc.

    The Fashion Week show also featured a fashion photo exhibition by Nikos Vardakastanis.

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