The Orthodox Church Info blog reports that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew today (June 27, 2011) said in Athens -- where he is visiting for the Special Olympics -- that Greece will overcome its current financial crisis, during a meeting with Prime Minister George Papandreou.
"As a nation, we have been through worse times, under more difficult conditions, but we managed. I hope that this time, too, with national unanimity, under the leadership of your government, it will be able to 'cross over the river,' as the saying goes. We will always be at your side, with our prayer," said the Ecumenical Patriarch.
"We are at your side, and your presence here in Greece gives us the strength we need for Greece to get out of the crisis and for Greek people to be able to prosper," Papandreou told the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Immediately after the meeting, Patriarch Bartholomew and Papandreou went to parliament, where they addressed a special session devoted to the Special Olympics, which are being hosted in Athens.