+Bartholomew Convenes Environmental Meeting in New Orleans

September 24, 2009  []

The Times-Picayune reports that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, will convene dozens of environmental scientists, business leaders and public officials in New Orleans next month to discuss environmental challenges facing people in the Mississippi River Valley.

Bartholomew, known in some quarters as the “green patriarch” for his interest in the intersection of religion and the environment, has convened seven prior environmental gatherings around the world since 1995.

Although based in Istanbul, Bartholomew has sponsored meetings to focus attention on environmental challenges to the Arctic, the Amazon, the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas and the Danube river.

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