On December 19, 2013, His All-Holiness received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul's Boğaziçi University (formerly Robert College) for his extraordinary vision and initiatives for the protection of the natural environment. The award comes on the occasion of Boğaziçi University's 150th anniversary.
Not only is this Turkish institution of higher learning the first ever to be ranked (as it has since 2012) among the top 200 universities in the world, but this is the first Turkish university to bestow such an honor on His All-Holiness, and the first also publicly to acknowledge his status and position as Ecumenical Patriarch, a title which has been used since the 6th century A.D.
In his address to the university, His All-Holiness spoke on the theme of "Compassion: Caring for Creation; Caring for our Future."
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Saturday, July 19, 2014
It is with great pain and sorrow that we have learned of the tragic crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, and the tragic loss of so many lives, citizens mostly from your country, men and women, young and old. On behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to Your Majesty and through You, to the leaders and people of the Netherlands, most especially to the families of the victims. Read more...
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