Mr. Anastasios E. Vasilas gifts Elder George’s publication to US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, and to Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.
– Ambassador Pyatt, have you already received a copy of Elder George’s publication?
– No. Please let Elder George know that I will read it tonight and that this copy will always be part of the Embassy’s library.
Mr. Anastasios E. Vasilas was the president of AHEPA chapter 31 for 10 years and Archon of the Ecumenunical Patriachate. He was key leader for the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
The number of members of Congress cosponsoring the legislation bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Washington, DC on October 21, 1997 grew to 327, exceeding the number on all other bills in the Congress in recent years.
In the 223 year existence of the Congressional Gold Medal, only four religious figures have been so honored. Mother Teresa was the fourth religious figure to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Coincidentally, she passed away on the day that both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate independently exceeded the threshold of cosponsor-ship for the awarding of the gold Medal to the fifth religious figure in history – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.