The Ecumenical Patriarch departed for his birthplace

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, accompanied by Great Ecclesiarch Benjamin, Patriarchal Hierodeacon Aetios Nikiforos, Monk Ezekiel of the monastery of St. George Koudounas on Princes’ islands and Panagiotis Grafiadelis of the Patriarchate Secretaries departed at Tuesday noon, August 13, for his hometown in Imbros, to officiate at the Divine Liturgy and to attend to other religious and cultural events, for the celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.  The Ecumenical Patriarch will return to Constantinople on Friday, August 16.