Prime Minister George Papandreou on Sunday called Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew "an inspiring example" for the latter's efforts to promote the virtues of Eastern Orthodoxy, peace and environmental sensitivity.
During a meeting in Karyes, on Mount Athos, Papandreou noted that "Bartholomew' struggle is an example that inspires us and gives us strength in a very difficult period for our country, during which we have been weighed down with responsibilities and burdens ... You give, with your example, strength and power to continue and overcome in the best possible way these difficulties, in order for our country to become stronger, with greater viability and prosperity."