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14 June, 2000
Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos addressed a letter to Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Tuesday, appealing to his "known wisdom" and calling on him to examine the issue of religion being listed in identity cards. The Patriarch ascertains in his letter, according to reports, that the issue of identity cards is an issue belonging to the exclusive responsibility of the Greek State.
Authoritative sources at the Phanar disclosed that the letter addressed to Simitis is the Ecumenical Patriarchate's reply to an appeal made to it and to other Orthodox Patriarchates by Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos for support for rallies it is organizing on the issue of identity cards.
The letter was also communicated to Archbishop Christodoulos to inform him of the way with which the Ecumenical Patriarchate supports moves by the Church of Greece.
The Church will hold two rallies on the issue of religion being listed in identity cards. One in Thessaloniki on Wednesday and another in Athens on June 21.
Source: Athens News Agency