On Thursday 24th of May 2018, the chairman of the General Committee of the Hellenic Bible Society His Eminence Metropolitan of Demetrias Mr. Ignatios, the chairman of the Board of the HBS and Moderator of the Executive Committee of the General Synod of the Evangelical Church of Greece Rev. Meletios Meletiadis, the vice president of the General Assembly of the HBS Catholic Archbishop of Corfu, Ionian islands and Apostolic Administrator of the Apostolic Vicariate of Thessaloniki his Excellency Ioannis Spiteris and the General Secretary of the HBS Mr. Michail Chatzigiannis, at their request, they were received by his Excellency the President of Greece, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
The purpose of the visit was to inform him of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Ionian Bible Society in Corfu, the first Bible Society in our country, the organic continuation of which, is the Hellenic Bible Society and to invite him to honor with his presence the central event of the Anniversary, which is scheduled to take place on June 19th, 2019 at the Athens Concert Hall.
The President of Greece accepted the invitation and wished every success in the work of the Hellenic Bible Society and the upcoming events that will be held in different cities for this important anniversary. He warmly congratulated the attendees, because the HBS is the only official, acceptable and effective institution of cooperation of the great ecclesiastical traditions that honors Christianity and is rightly honored for its work.
The meeting took place in a beautiful atmosphere and the President of Greece showed that not only did he know the important work of the Hellenic Bible Society, the constant presence of the biblical work in our country as it has been worked and has constantly been expressed since 1819 to the present day, but also encouraged its representatives to continue their valuable and admirable offer in the field of reconciliation, brotherhood and cooperation among all the Christians of Greece.