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Patriarch Bartholomew will visit the United States

Petar Gramatikovhttps://www.europeantimes.news
Dr. Petar Gramatikov is the Editor in Chief and Director of The European Times. He is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Reporters. Dr. Gramatikov has more than 20 years of Academic experience in different institutions for higher education in Bulgaria. He also examined lectures, related to theoretical problems involved in the application of international law in religious law where a special focus has been given to the legal framework of New Religious Movements, freedom of religion and self-determination, and State-Church relations for plural-ethnic states. In addition to his professional and academic experience, Dr. Gramatikov has more than 10 years Media experience where he hold a positions as Editor of a tourism quarterly periodical “Club Orpheus” magazine – “ORPHEUS CLUB Wellness” PLC, Plovdiv; Consultant and author of religious lectures for the specialized rubric for deaf people at the Bulgarian National Television and has been Accredited as a journalist from “Help the Needy” Public Newspaper at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit the United States from October 23 to November 3. His visit was postponed several times, and it remained unclear until the last moment. But it is already known that immediately after the celebration on October 22 for the 30th anniversary of his election as patriarch, he will fly to the United States.

Now the Constantinople Orthodox Church has officially announced that he will attend the opening of the church “St. Nikolai ”at ground level in New York, where the assassination of the Twin Towers took place on September 11, 2001. Among the destroyed buildings was a small Orthodox church nearby.

On September 11, on the twentieth anniversary of the suicide bombings, US Archbishop Elpidophore of the Ecumenical Patriarchate lit the church’s lights. It will be constantly illuminated as a symbol that “light shines in the darkness and darkness cannot defeat it,” the archbishop said.

The entire program of the visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch has not been published yet, but it is known that he will meet with US President Joe Biden.

The visit is on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Greek Archbishopric in America in 1922. The visit coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of his enthronement. For the last time Patr. Bartholomew visited the United States twelve years ago.

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