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A Luncheon was Hosted to Honor His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

On Tuesday, October 27, 2009, a special luncheon was hosted at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in New York City to honor His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The event brought together a large number of religious leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Faiths. Among the invited guests were His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church, His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Armenian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldho of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Archbishop Abune Zachariah of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church. His Eminence Archbishop Karim was accompanied by Very Rev. John Meno, Dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral and Archdiocesan Ecumenical Officer.

Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese welcomed all and acknowledged the great achievements of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew. In his remarks to those gathered, His All Holiness expressed his gratitude for the presence of so many honored guests and thanked all for their kind greetings and respect shown during his current visit to the United States. His Holiness emphasized the role that religion can play to sustain and heal God’s creation.

In the evening, His All Holiness was honored by Fordham University with the conferral of an honorary doctorate of law degree. Among the dignitaries invited to the ceremony was His Eminence Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim.

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