Sunday, January 29, 2023

Orthodox Patriarch hospitalized after stent placement

NEW YORK (AP). According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians spent the night in a New York hospital after placing a stent on Wednesday afternoon following his visit to the United States.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, 81, underwent a procedure at a hospital on Mount Sinai after an angiogram, which determined the need for a stent, according to the Archdiocese. A stent is a tube placed in a clogged blood vessel to increase blood flow.

It is expected to be released on Thursday, the report said. Further details were not released immediately.

Hospital treatment delayed Bartholomew’s return home to Turkey, which was scheduled for Wednesday following the completion of a strenuous 12-day route across the United States.

The trip, his first trip to the country in several years, also began with an overnight stay in a Washington hospital when he felt “unwell” the day after arriving, church officials said.

He resumed his route, meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House and receiving awards from Catholic and Jewish organizations.

On Tuesday, he spoke with a firm voice and did not look tired as he stood for an hour-long ceremony at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the National Shrine near the World Trade Center in New York, which replaces the destroyed church in New York. September 11 attacks. He then attended the evening celebration of his 30th birthday as Patriarch, the longest term in office ever.

As patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew is considered the first among equals among Orthodox patriarchs, which gives him fame, but not the power of the Catholic pope. He does oversee the Greek Orthodox and several other jurisdictions, although much of the Eastern Orthodox world is self-governing under the rule of its own patriarchs.


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