Solemn reception of the organizing committee and participants
of the festival by the mayor of Kerkyra

August 11, 2016 on the Greek island of Corfu hosted a reception by the mayor of Kerkyra - Costas Nicolusos. The reception was dedicated to the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the miraculous liberation of Corfu from the Ottoman invasion of 1716.

Honored and respected people of the island of Corfu, a Russian delegation led by the chairman of the IPPO, the chairman of the organizing committee of the festival "Russia-Greece. Together Through the Centuries" Sergey Stepashin, Primate of the Cyprus Orthodox Church, the blessed Archbishop of New Justinian and all Cyprus, Chrysostom II, the clergy of the Hellas Orthodox Church, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan of Kerkyra, Paxius and Diapontian Islands, Nektarios, officials and representatives of the Municipality of Kerkyra. The Russian delegation included members of the organizing committee of the festival "Russia - Greece. Together through the centuries" and invited honored guests.

The reception took place in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Mayor of Corfu - Costas Nicolusos, His Eminence Lord Chrysostom and His Eminence Lord Nektarios, greeted with congratulations and salutatory speeches to the guests.

At the end of the celebrations Metropolitan Nektarios, IPPO Chairman Sergey Stepashin and members of the festival organizing committee met. The meeting discussed the opening of the IPPO branch in Corfu, the development of pilgrimage and tourism, further expansion of cooperation and joint activities.

Sergey Stepashin invited Metropolitan Nektarios to take part in the celebration of the 135th anniversary of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society in Moscow in 2017. His Eminence Lord Nektarios thanked Sergey Stepashin for the invitation, expressed his confidence in the further successful development of cooperation, underlined the significance of the festival "Russia - Greece. Together Through the Centuries" and noted the role of the President of the festival Pavel Karpukhin in strengthening friendly relations between Russia and Greece.

The press office of the Center of Culture Cooperation named after Spiridon Trimifutsky