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Patriarch Bartholomew “Recovering Well” in Mount Sinai Medical Center

NEW YORK – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was recovering well in a New York hospital Thursday after a medical procedure delayed his return home to Turkey at the end of a US visit, according to a Greek doctor who treated him.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was in good spirits and feeling “very spiffy” after having a stent installed Wednesday to open up a clogged coronary artery, said Dr. George Dangas, a cardiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The Greek doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital gave an update on the condition of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. (Photo by TNH/Christodoulos Athanasatos)

The doctors estimated that within 24 hours, but without any reason to rush it, Ecumenical Patriarch will be fit to return to Constantinople. His All-Holiness’ release is just a matter of time and it is expected to be announce either Thursday afternoon or Friday, the latest.

Bartholomew, 81, had been scheduled to return home Wednesday at the end of a 12-day U.S. itinerary, his first visit to the country in several years.

He was hospitalized previously in Washington on Oct. 24 soon after his arrival, when he reported feeling “unwell,” church officials said. That episode prompted him to seek follow-up treatment in New York at the end of the trip, Dangas said.

“He’s recovering well, and he is essentially having a day of rest today,” Dangas said.

Dangas said the patriarch would probably stay at Mount Sinai overnight again but should be able to return home soon. He will be prescribed medication and receive recommendations on lifestyle modifications, cholesterol intake and other health monitoring.

Bartholomew’s trip included a visit with President Joe Biden, meetings with Orthodox and other faith groups and a ceremonial blessing at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine near the World Trade Center, which is replacing a church that was destroyed on 9/11.

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