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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 August 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2019 9 COMMUNITY PHOTO: GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS The Archbishop and his delegation at Melbourne airport. PHOTO: BEAUTY FROM THE HEART PHOTOGRAPHY Archbishop Makarios meets with parishioners of St Nicholas Church in Yarraville. PHOTO: KOSTAS LOE At the Paraklisis service at St Nicholas Church, Yarraville. PHOTO: STELLA PAPAS Archbishop Makarios with a student from the St Nicholas parish school in Yarraville. PHOTO: GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS The Archbishop met with Federal MPs and Senators in Melbourne on Monday to discuss local Greek communities and their needs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED know it isn't right (that they don't go to church) and use 'hypocrisy' as an excuse. I'll never tell anyone to go away because they have an earring or are wearing slacks nor will a priest ever say that. Clergy members are very polite. They'd never say that." Beside him Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis lets out a little cough. "On this visit, I didn't see that there aren't young people at church. There are many, but I Bioethical Issues The Greek word μακάριος, means 'blessed'. It is an apt name for Archbishop Makarios, who felt 'blessed' to be in Melbourne for the first time, even though it is the city from where he was issued his Masters of Bioethics from Monash University. am being cautious in my estimations. Are they really going to church or just coming to see the archbishop and take a photo?" The students of St John's College, Preston, were particularly excited when he visited their school on Thursday. He got a rock star welcome in a procession lead by a marching bad, with rose petals thrown in his path - despite these being hard to come by in the The field of bioethics is allencompassing, ranging from debates over the boundaries of life, such as abortion and euthanasia, all the way to surrogacy. Despite having grappled with numerous philosophical theories as part of his studies, Archbishop Makarios wanted to look at these issues through the prism of ecclesiastical dogma when asked questions by Neos Kosmos. He said the 'ideal life' is A ceremony at the Transfiguration of the Lord in Thomastown. PHOTO: CHRIS KONTOS middle of winter - as flags joyously waved and tender voices yelled 'Axios' as he passed their way. "I'm so excited to see the archbishop up close. He's more than just a man. He's the archbishop of Australia and he's very special!" Adina Demiras from Year 3K of St John's College told Neos Kosmos on Thursday. Asked about how he can make church more appeal- found in the Gospels. "For example, a child who believes in God will never turn to drugs because drugs and Christ don't go together," he told Neos Kosmos, adding that this is the way of life he wants people to know. "If you're philosophically up in the air (without faith in God), you'll turn to drugs." Looking at Australian soci- ety, he said it is "better than society in Greece" but he did have an observation to make. ing to young people, school captain Evangelia Iliadis told Neos Kosmos that his "presence" is what would make the difference. "He needs to speak to us himself, and that might make a difference," she said. "Social media would help too." Addressing the crowd, Archbishop Makarios said that he felt as though he were in heaven. "At this moment I feel that "Australia, though I think it may be too soon to judge, has been sunk by a process of creating an impression and is carried by the idea of human rights and liberal thoughts," he said. "But if you look deep down, you'll see that things aren't as they seem. They are neither too free nor inclusive and this will harm the country in the future. They speak of freedom and say 'yes' to abortions until the ninth month, 'yes' to eu- Archbishop Makarios with students in Yarraville. PHOTO: KOSTAS LOE I am not on earth but I am in heaven," he said, adding that heaven is a place with children's bright faces, shiny hair, lovely uniforms. "I felt that from the first moment that I entered this school. This is a message that came to my heart from God." He added: "This school will not close. This school has a great future." A God-sanctioned prophecy? Perhaps. And more are to come, he thanasia in Victoria, but this is not a sign of civilisation. When you say 'yes' to abortion and euthanasia and - at the same time - I as an archbishop can't bring three clergy members to Australia because the state won't give us visas, then what freedom is that and what human rights?" As a supporter of people's rights, he said that Holy Communion is the right of every Christian and should be offered freely. promised, telling Neos Kosmos that important announcements regarding the church will be made on his Name Day 19 January. Until then, in the Antipodes, where the lines between customs, culture and creed are blurry, the crowd has lapped up his every word. "Axios!" "Axios!" (He is worthy) * See more photos on our website, under our Live Blog: neoskosmos.com "You can't ask for communion and want euthanasia - that is an oxymoron," he said, but added that it would be offered nonetheless in the hope that enlightenment would come with the sacrament. He stressed that "dialogue is a trait of the Church" despite criticisms to the contrary. He is looking forward to more dialogue, which by definition is "discourse to bring about change".
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