John Paul sends message to Greek government.
Ninety-seven percent of the 10.6 million Greek population is of the Greek Orthodox 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 recalled these roots when, in 2001, he undertook a pilgrimage following in the Apostle's footsteps. Among those who received him then was Orthodox Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens. (See C.I. July/August 2001, pp. 33-34.)
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|Date:||May 1, 2005|
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