Fordham University conferred an honorary degree upon His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, on Oct. 27 on the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx.
The Ecumenical Patriarch, the 270th successor of the 2,000-year-old Christian Church founded by St. Andrew, received a doctorate of laws, honoris causa, at a ceremony attended by more than 1,000 people in the historic University Church.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who has occupied the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church since 1991, accepted the honor of being received into the “doctoral college of this esteemed Jesuit school” with sincere gratitude. He then addressed the audience with a speech that touched on “ecumenical consciousness,” or the opening of the heart, opening up to others and to all things created by God.
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