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Greek Orthodox Patriarch visits Germany

May 07, 2014

Frankfurt a.M. (epd). The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, begins a nine-day visit to Germany on Saturday. The honorary head of world Orthodoxy will also meet with President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). The reason for the visit is the 50th anniversary of the Greek Orthodox metropolis of Germany. About 500,000 Greek Orthodox Christians live in this country.

His program will include stopovers in Stuttgart, Frankfurt/Main, Bonn, Berlin and Munich. The 74-year-old patriarch will also have top-level talks with representatives of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Catholic Bishops' Conference. Furthermore, Bartholomew will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich along with the "Tutzing Lion" of the Tutzing Protestant Academy.

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