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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the Wall Street Journal

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Oct 26, 2009

New York, New York

His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was published this morning on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal in an op-ed piece entitled: "Our Indivisible Environment."

The editorial, which can be found on page A-17 of the print edition, and on the website at

is a powerful statement for the Orthodox Christian view of creation and the need for the protection of the environment. The 18 year patriarchy of His All Holiness has been characterized by this utmost concern for the environment. The Ecumenical Patriarch also finds common cause with all faith communities and non-believers as well, when he states:

Moreover, just as God is indivisible, so too is our global environment. The molecules of water that comprise the great North Atlantic are neither European nor American. The particles of atmosphere above the United Kingdom are neither Labour nor Tory. There can be no double vision, no dualistic worldview. Faith communities and nonbelievers alike must focus on the common issue of the survival of our planet. The natural environment unites us in ways that transcend doctrinal differences.

The Ecumenical Patriarch has just concluded his Eighth Religion, Science and Environment Symposium in New Orleans, focusing on the Mississippi River. His Apostolic Visit to the United States continues in New York, Atlanta and Washington DC until November 6th.

More information about His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the environmental work of the Church and the Apostolic Visit to the United States may be found at: and

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