It is in this basilica, now in ruins, that the disciple of
the Lord was buried.
The concelebrants were Metropolitans Bartholomew of Smyrna and Georgios of Kitros. Were also present Metropolitans Amphilochios of Ganos and Chora, Paisios of Leros and Kalymnos, and Bishop Stephanos of Stratoniki, his vicar.
Among others, were also present at the Divine Liturgy Vlasia Pavlopoulos, the wife of the President of the Hellenic Republic; Petros Mavroidis, the Greek Ambassador to Ankara; Argyro Papoulias, the Greek Consul General to Smyrna, and other personalities, members of the Orthodox community of Smyrna, as well as pilgrims from Greece.
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