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Greece and Patriarch Bartholomew express deep condolence for US mass shootings

Greece’s political leadership and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have expressed their deepest condolences for the US mass shootings in El Paso, Texes and Dayton, Ohaio, where      30 people were killed and dozens were injured in 13 hours.

President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, sent a message to US President Donald Trump, the American people and the families of the victims of the mass shootings. In the message, Pavlopoulos expressed his repugnance, deep sorrow and condolences.

The Foreign Ministry posted its condolences on Twitter.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed his revulsion and deep shock at the mass shootings. In a statement, Bartholomew strongly condemned “all acts of hatred, be it racial, religious or social, but also any form of violence and fundamentalism, wherever they may come from.”

“Hate and violence cause a great deal of pain and fear, and are sometimes the cause of further acts of violence in the form of revenge. In the face of this rising, dangerous and bloody phenomenon, every person of good will must display strong spiritual resistance.”

The Ecumenical Patriarch asked the Archbishop of America Elpidoforos to convey the above message of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to local and national authorities and to the people of the United States at large.

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