Correspondence of late Greek Orthodox leader of Americas to be published
Friday, March 24, 2006
North and South America, and spiritual leader of the community in the United States of America for 37 years, Iakovos Coucouzis, will be published during 2006. The Archbishop passed away in 2005. The publication of the correspondence of the late Archbishop will be the result of co-operation between the Theology School of the , the non-governmental Institute for National and Religious Studies and the program .— The personal correspondence of the former Archbishop of
A dynamic personality, the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox community in the United States from 1959 to 1996, Iakovos, constructed relations with all the American presidents, from Bill Clinton, and with various personalities from the Americas, such as minority leaders, with most famous being his friendship with . The personal correspondence of the Greek Orthodox leader contains letters between Iakovos and various United States presidents, including , , Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, and with other political personalities — ministers, ambassadors, Washington, D.C. officials and former Greek Prime Ministers, including and . According to professor Angelopoulos, the two-volume publication will contain photocopies of the original correspondence documents and moreover a major text — written in by Angelopoulos in and translated into by Nicolaos Mottas — which will summarize the essentians and meaning of Iakovos' correspondence, as well as its impact on the political, social and religious life of the Greek Orthodox Community in the United States of America and on Greek-American relations.to
The supervisor of the project, professor Athanasios Angelopoulos, stated that Archbishop Iakovos' personal correspondence will be published in 2006. The publication, which will be prefaced by the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Archbishop , will be presented in Thessaloniki, Athens, and possibly to the Greek Community in the United States.