Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was welcomed in the city of Kavala, northern Greece, by the local authorities and inhabitants on Wednesday.
The Patriarch is visiting Kavala for the first time on the occasion of the celebration of the memory of the first Greek woman and European Christian Saint Lydia of Filippi who was christened in 56 AD by the Apostle of Nations Paul.

The Ecumenical Patriarch arrived by air from Istanbul and was welcomed at Kavala airport on behalf of the government by Deputy Health Minister Mihalis Timosidis, the secretary general of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Aris Yiannakidis and the metropolitan of Filippi, Neapolis and Thasos Prokopios.