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The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is an integral member of the broader Orthodox Church and one of the fourteen autocephalous churches of the Orthodox Christianity. Its head is the Patriarch of Constantinople, now Bartholomew I.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate has the role of the Mother Church of most modern Orthodox churches and because of its location at the former capital of the Byzantine Empire has had the status of “Primus inter pares (first among equals)” among the Eastern Orthodox prelates around the world. Although the Pope exercises control over all individual churches, the Patriarch is only regarded as the spiritual leader and representative of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, their churches retaining their autocephalous status.

The Patriarch has been very active internationally, assisting in the rebuilding of the Eastern Orthodox Churches of the former Eastern Bloc, strengthen the links among the various national Churches and Patriarchates of the Eastern Orthodox Communion, initiated dialogue with other faiths, and continued the reconciliation dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, which his predecessors had started.

Further, he is a known environmentalist, and has earned the title of “the Green Patriarch” and the “Green Pope”, supporting a number of environmental causes. His holiness believes that environmental problems should be addressed in close collaboration with other Christian confessions, religious faiths, and scientific disciplines. 

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