President Pavlopoulos Visits Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades have visited the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all-Africa in Egypt.

Patriarch Theodoros II welcomed the two presidents and presented them with the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Mark.

The Greek president also visited the former home, now a museum, of the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, noting that his writings could act as a guide toward national self-awareness for Greeks and especially those burdened with the responsibility of governing the country, especially during difficult times.

On Monday, the Nostos cultural heritage week was inaugurated by president of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Greek President Pavlopoulos and Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Nostos is being held from 30 April to 6 May in Alexandria, Cairo and the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh with the participation of Greeks and Cypriots who once lived in Egypt.

The Greek word “nostos,” for which the festival is named, means “return to the roots,” and is a theme prominent in ancient Greek literature.