The Dallas Morning News - December 28, 1996

Ecumenical patriarch to visit U.S.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the leader of about 300 million Orthodox Christians, is scheduled to pay his first pastoral visit to the United States in fall 1997. Archbishop Spyridon, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, announced that Bartholomew will visit the country from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9. His trip will include stops in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles. "Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will bring the message of Orthodoxy - which is one of Christian mission, church unity and peace," Archbishop Spyridon said in a prepared statement. Bartholomew, who is based in Turkey, has fostered relations with Roman Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans and other groups through visits and dialogues. He has strengthened contacts with Orthodox national churches in Eastern Europe.

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