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Letter to His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of his election as Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch

A fraternal friendship

29 October 2021
Pope Francis sent a congratulatory letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as he marks the 30th anniversary of his election as the Archbishop of Constantinople. In his letter, Pope Francis recalled Patriarch Bartholomew’s presence at his installation as the Bishop of Rome in March 2013, and said their bond has “become a fraternal friendship”. The following is the English text of the Letter. To His All Holiness BartholomewArchbishop of ConstantinopleEcumenical Patriarch “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come” (Rev 1:4) Dearest brother in Christ, On the joyful occasion of the 30th anniversary of your election as Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, I express my fervent best wishes: Χρόν πAd multos annos! I join you in thanksgiving to the Lord for the many blessings bestowed upon ...

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