Unkempt and Unadorned I Will Not Send Thee to Charon

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, talks to pilgrims at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, FILE)

For years, when I visit a building in Constantinople that belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, I am impressed with the cleanliness, the care, the noble condition in which they maintain it. As if time does not wound it at all.

It doesn’t matter whether this building is a sacred church, a school, or a cemetery – or whether it is occupied and in use or not, they maintain it in exceptional condition.

I repeat that these acts evoke pride. This mindset radiates …

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