Yesterday, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew “successfully” underwent a stent placement operation at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York, and today he “must be discharged.” This is what the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America says. In the United States since October 23 for an apostolic visit, Patriarch Bartholomew and his entourage were supposed to return to Istanbul, but after the results of a medical examination at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and on the advice of doctors the patriarch, 81 years old, was hospitalized late yesterday From the afternoon to perform an angiography and after that it was decided to intervene. The patriarch had arrived in the United States on October 23 for a 12-day apostolic visit during which he met the President of the United States, Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. On October 28, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Notre Dame in South Bend for his commitment to the environment, and on Monday, November 1, the American Jewish Committee awarded him the highest recognition for Interfaith Relations and Jewish Progress-Orthodox Relations. On November 2, in New York, the Patriarch inaugurated and blessed St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero. The building was destroyed 20 years after the September 11 attacks.
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