20th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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November 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.   Elected October 22, 1991 and enthroned on November 2 of the same year, he has served the See of Constantinople and the Orthodox Church faithfully for twenty years.  We offer below several items which highlight His All Holiness' ministry over the last twenty years.  

Enthronement Address

On November 2, 1991, His All Holiness was enthroned as Ecumenical Patriarch in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George. Read His All Holiness' enthronement address.

Brief Timeline of Patriarchal Ministry

A brief, summary timeline of major events in His All Holiness' Patriarchal ministry over the past 20 years.

World Map - Twenty Years of an Energetic Worldwide Ministry

For the past 20 years, His All Holiness has traveled to 50 different nations making him the most traveled Ecumenical Patriarch in history. View the map of places that His All Holiness has traveled during his Patriarchal ministry.

Photo Gallery - 20 Years of Ministry

See a sampling of photos from some of the major events in His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's 20 years of ministry

Environmental Symposia Under His All Holiness' Patronage

One of the hallmarks of His All Holiness' ministry has been the focus on protecting and preserving God's sacred creation. Under His All Holiness' patronage, the annual environmental symposia, which began in 1995, have been major, global events bringing together scientists and theologians from all over the world. Read about the symposia and watch videos summarizing each symposium.





20th Anniversary

Featured Items

60 Minutes: His All Holiness on Orthodox Christianity

Watch the historic interview with CBS correspondent Bob Simon now »    Learn More »

The Holy Theological School of Halki

Learn the history of the Theological School of Halki since its establishment in 1844.    Learn More »


Media Links

YouTubeYouTube: Subscribe to the GreenPatriarch channel (on the Environmental Symposia) or the Ecumenical Patriarchate channel (on the US visit).


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