Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: Denies that he intends to resign for health reasons

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The rumors circulating about his resignation from the Throne for health reasons were refuted today. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his meeting with the Hierarchy of the Throne in Turkey.

Among other things, the Patriarch expressed his deep gratitude to the Hierarchs for the manifestations of their respect, love and support, while receiving flowers and sweets, as a welcome for the his return from America and wishes for “passers-by”, health and longevity at the helm of the Church.

On behalf of the Hierarchy, the Metropolitan of Geron Derkon Apostolos, who during the absence of His Holiness was acting as Patriarchal Commissioner, thanked God for the full restoration of his Patriarch’s health and wished him a long day and strength in his duties, as broadcast by APE BPE.

Earlier on Friday, His Holiness received the Austrian Ambassador to Ankara, Johannes Wimmer, with whom he had a discussion on issues of mutual interest.

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