It was October 22, 1991, when Patriarch Bartholomew was elected to the Ecumenical Throne.
On the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the election of the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Director of the Press and Communication Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Nikos Papachristou, published on social media moments from his journey.
Today is “a day of milestones, not only for the Patriarchate itself – which is the oldest living institution in this historic city, at this crossroad of the planet – but for all Orthodoxy,” he said.
“A day that reminds us of the contribution of Patriarch Bartholomew in the course of inter-Christian and inter-religious dialogue, in raising awareness for the protection of the natural environment and the Creation of God in general, but also in a number of social issues, such as refugee crisis, human rights and religious freedoms, issues raised by the Ecumenical Patriarch with his speech and initiatives throughout this period, since his election,” he wrote characteristically.
“It is not just an anniversary, which concerns only the life of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, but it is a milestone that comes to remind us of the multidimensional work and initiatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, protector of the Orthodox faith and the inexhaustible defender of the Mother Church of Constantinople “emphasized, among other things.