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Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

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His All Holiness Bartholomew I
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Church Church of Constantinople
Diocese Constantinople
Enthroned 2 November 1991
Reign ended Incumbent
Predecessor Demetrios I
Personal details
Birth name Dimitrios Arhondonis (Δημήτριος Αρχοντώνης - Dimítrios Archontónis)
Born 29 February 1940 (1940-02-29) (age 80)
Aghios Theodoros (Zeytinli Köyü), Imbros (Gökçeada), Turkey
Died -
Denomination Eastern Orthodox Christianity
Residence Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Fener, Istanbul, Turkey
Parents Christos (father) and Merope (mother) Archontónis
Spouse None
Children None
Occupation Ecumenical Patriarch
Profession Theologian
Alma mater Patriarchal Theological school (Halki seminary)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I [1] (born 29 February 1940) is the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, since 2 November 1991.

He is the "first among equals" in the Eastern Orthodox Communion, and the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world.[2][3][4][5]


With Pope John Paul II he wrote “Earth toward our children’s future" and authored "To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin” in Michael P. Nelson and Kathleen Dean Moore (eds) Moral Ground: ethical action for a planet in peril. Trinity University Press, 2010 ISBN 9781595340665.


  1. Greek: Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος Α, Turkish: Patrik I. Bartholomeos
  2. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: insights into an Orthodox Christian worldview (2007) John Chryssavgis International Journal of Environmental Studies, 64, (1);pp: 9 - 18
  3. "Ecumenical Patriarch of the Worldwide Orthodox Christian Church Meets with American Bible Society Leaders". Religious News Service. July17, 2007.
  4. "American Bible Society Sees Potential in Blossoming Greek Orthodox Relations". The Christian Post. July23, 2007.
  5. "The Patriarch". Time. July 29, 2007.,9171,860404,00.html.