Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

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His All Holiness
Bartholomew I
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
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ChurchChurch of Constantinople
Installed2 November 1991
Term endedIncumbent
PredecessorDemetrios I
Personal details
Birth nameDimitrios Arhondonis (Δημήτριος Αρχοντώνης, Dimítrios Archontónis)
Born29 February 1940 (age 73)
Aghios Theodoros (Zeytinli Köyü), Imbros (Gökçeada),Turkey
DenominationEastern Orthodox Church
ResidenceEcumenical Patriarchate of ConstantinopleFener,IstanbulTurkey
ParentsChristos (father) and Merope (mother) Archontónis
OccupationEcumenical Patriarch
Alma materPatriarchal Theological school (Halki seminary)
Patriarch Bartholomew I (GreekΠατριάρχης Βαρθολομαῖος Α'TurkishPatrik I. Bartolomeos; born 29 February 1940) is the Archbishop of ConstantinopleNew Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch,[1] and thus "first among equals" in the Eastern Orthodox Communion, since 2 November 1991.[2][3][4][5]
Bartholomew's tenure has been characterized by inter-Orthodox cooperation, inter-Christian and inter-religious dialog, as well as by formal trips to Orthodox and Muslim countries seldom previously visited. He has exchanged numerous invitations of Church and State dignitaries. His efforts to promote religious freedom and human rights, his initiatives to advance religious tolerance among the world’s religions has been widely noted. Among his many positions, he currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute[6]

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