LAST UPDATE 21:48
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is being taken to George Washington University Hospital for feeling unwell due to the long flight and full schedule of events upon arrival.
The Ecumenical Patriarch was about to preside over the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Saint Sophia but he felt unwell.
His doctor advised him to rest and out an abundance of caution he is taken to the George Washington University Hospital for observation.
According to an update press release by the Archdiocese of America, his All-Holiness is feeling well. At the doctors’ recommendation, he will spend the night in the hospital for monitoring and is expected to be released tomorrow morning.
Joe Biden’s personal doctor contacted with the hospital, asking to be informed about the progress of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s health and offering his services if necessary, according to information from ANA-MPA.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrived in the United States, for an official visit which begins on October 23, 2021, and continues through November 3, 2021.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was joyously welcomed by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The Official Visit, postponed from May 2020 because of the global pandemic, is His All-Holiness’ first visit to the United States since 2009.
Today, Sunday, October 24, 2021, His All-Holiness was scheduled to attend the Pan-Orthodox Chorostasia at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC and induct the newly appointed Senators of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.
Following would be the Pan-Orthodox Luncheon with the Saint Sophia Community. In the evening, His-All Holiness would be honored at the AHEPA Grand Banquet at the Mayflower Hotel.