Ecumenical Patriarch Laments Loss of Sacred Vision in Europe

January 12, 2010

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has urged young Christians to resist secularisation in Europe in a message to an ecumenical meeting that was greeted by global and regional leaders, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

“After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe no longer recognises the place for Christianity that history dedicated to it — it is as if Christianity were being expelled from the history of Europe,” said Bartholomeos I, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

The Patriarch made his appeal in a message sent to a five-day European Youth Meeting, organised by France’s ecumenical TaizĂ© Community in Poznan, Poland.

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