CONSTANTINOPLE – During the meetings of the Synaxis of the Ecumenical Throne, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew made the following statement regarding the passing of renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis:
“Mikis Theodorakis was a leading composer, a unique creator, a great man. He had the unique ability to determine his music in a unique way, masterfully incorporating the dynamism of the social message of each era. Through his invaluable work, he has succeeded in expressing universal humanitarian ideals, such as freedom, equality, democracy, justice, solidarity and peace.
“He always fought for these ideals with vigor and outspokenness, putting his fellow human being at the center of his life. That is why with his music he touched countless hearts all over the world.
“Here in the City of Constantine, the Greek community of Constantinople will always remember him for all this, and especially for his love and respect for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as well as for his devotion to the purpose of building bridges of friendship and peaceful coexistence between the two shores of the Aegean.
“We will always remember and honor him. We call on you, dear brothers, to pray silently together to the God of love to rest his soul in the scene of the righteous and to strengthen his family members.
May his memory be eternal, and we are sure that it will be eternal through his unique musical legacy, which is an integral part of the world cultural heritage.”