The religious leader of the Greek Orthodox Church was hospitalized to visit the United States. 81-year-old Bartholomew was embarrassing to me.
Bartholomew I, patriot of Constantinople, was taken to hospital during a visit to the US capital, Washington. The 81-year-old Greek Orthodox archbishop of the United States said he was fine.
Bartholomew felt uncomfortable before the mass on Sunday, so his doctor recommended he to the hospital for care. Reasons Long flights to the United States and the busy schedule of his arrival, which begins Saturday and runs through November 3rd. He is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Monday.
Heir to the Apostle Andrew
The Patriot of Constantinople was once the undeniable leader of Orthodox Christianity. Bartholomew, who has been in office since 1991, is now the only direct leader of a few thousand Greek Orthodox believers. He has no authority over other Orthodox churches. About 300 million Orthodox around the world, belonging to a dozen churches, only confer the title of “First of Equals” on him.
Bartholomew is considered the 270th heir of the apostle Andrew, who according to tradition was evangelized in Asia Minor and was buried for centuries in Constantinople (now Istanbul) after his sacrifice.
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