John Paul sends message to Greek government.Athens -- In a message sent to Greece's new ambassador to the Vatican, Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus PP. II, Italian: Giovanni Paolo II, Polish: Jan Paweł II) born asked that the minority Catholic Church in Greece be given full recognition of its rights as it has in the rest of the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the
European Community .
Ninety-seven percent of the 10.6 million Greek population is of the Greek Orthodox Adj. 1. Greek Orthodox - of or relating to or characteristic of the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Orthodox
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he faith, and Orthodoxy is the official state religion. There are 200,000 Catholics in the country, including 50,000 ethnic Greeks.
The Christian roots of Greece date back to the first century A.D. when St. Paul the Apostle preached in Thessalonica, Athens, and Corinth. Pope John Paul Pope John Paul is the name of two Popes of the Roman Catholic Church: