His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches were warmly welcomed, this afternoon, by a large crowd of faithful, the representatives of the Greek government and the local authorities, as they arrived at the square of Saint Titus Cathedral in Heraklion. His All-Holiness, expressed joy on behalf of himself and of the Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches, for the enthusiastic reception by the people of the glorious island of Crete. He also added that “the Holy and Great Council that is about to begin is called upon to give solutions to internal problems of Orthodoxy and convey the message of its truth to the modern world that is in conflict. All of us church leaders fervently pray that the voice of the Council shall be the voice of the invisible God. Only then will the Council provide support to the people.”
In his greeting to His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches, the Mayor of Heraklion, Mr. Vassilios Lambrinos, said that the Holy and Great Council, which is being held in Crete, represents the culmination of decades of preparation and is expected to “present the opportunity for the perpetual values of the faith to be manifested, meeting our obligation to expand the mission of Orthodoxy in the contemporary world.”
His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodoros, upon his arrival at the Cathedral Church of Saint Titus, stated: "My children, I am one your own, I am a part of you, and I am again in the beloved Crete. I come from Africa and I bring a message of unity and love, and I am traverse around the world to preach justice and peace. I am happy that I am in my native place, and from Monday on when the Holy and Great Council commences, my voice will be a voice of love and unity for all churches, for the people of the world to find courage in their difficulties."