BOSTON – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew put an end once and for all to the deliberate spread of false press accounts of his resignation from the Ecumenical Throne when he spoke to the Hierarchy residing in Turkey on Friday November 12.
The National Herald has learned that His-All Holiness reportedly said, “I invited you today to see all of you together to thank you for your concern to send me wishes through my Vicar, but most of all to tell you some things. From the day I arrived in America there have been rumors that I intend to resign and that I supported Elpidophoros.”
The Patriarch clarified that, “I supported Elpidophoros and I will continue to do so because he is our eye and our ear in America. He is the one whom we elected and sent to America and therefore we should support him and I had an obligation towards his flock to do, as I supported Demetrios and the late Iakovos.”
His All-Holiness also said, “I would like to clarify that as long as my strengths permit me and God wants, I will remain in my position and ministry to Great Church of Christ. I have not nominated anyone. [Things] have been written about Elpidophoros; nothing of that is valid. What is valid is that when that time comes you will elect my successor. That is the end of it.”
It is noted here that those deliberate press accounts are orchestrated and spread often through circles close to certain hierarchs who covet the Ecumenical Throne. They circulate scenarios and rumors which degrade persons and the Holy and Great institution of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The National Herald is in a position to know that the Patriarch is in good health and he resumed his high duties the second day of his return to Constantinople on November 9. Now he is getting ready to visit Greece to participate in the events organized by the Church of Greece, the University of Athens, and the Greek Government to honor the thirtieth anniversary of his enthronement.
The Patriarchate issued the following announcement regarding the meeting:
“In a cordial atmosphere, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met, on Friday, November 12, 2021, with the Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne in Turkey. The Hierarchy offered Him flowers and sweets, welcomed Him on the occasion of His return from America, and wished Him a speedy recovery, health, and longevity at the helm of the Church.
The Patriarch expressed to His brothers and fellow Hierarchs his deep gratitude for the manifestations of their respect, love, and support and, on the occasion, refuted the rumors that His intention was to resign from the Throne for health reasons.
On behalf of the Hierarchy, Geron Metropolitan Apostolos of Derkoi, who during the period of absence of the Ecumenical Patriarch served as Patriarchal Vicar, thanked God for the full restoration of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s health and wished Him longevity and strength in His duties.
Earlier, the Ecumenical Patriarch received the Ambassador of Austria in Ankara, Johannes Wimmer, with whom he had, in a cordial atmosphere, a discussion on issues of mutual interest.”