Bartholomew I

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

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[1940, Imvros, TURKEY]

He has been the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople since 1991.
Aa an authoritative representative of the Orthodox Christian world, he works tirelessly for reconciliation between the Christian Churches. On an international level, he has acquired a particular prestige in promoting an awareness and a practice that respects the environment. He consecrated September 1st as the Day of Prayer for Creation.
He has had many meetings with Pope Francis. In April 2016, together with the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Ieronimos, they visited the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos to raise public awareness on the refugee problem.
In 2020 they took part in the International Meeting of Prayer for Peace on the Capitol Hill in Rome, organised by the Community of Sant’Egidio.

(October 2021)