Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew released from hospital in Washington DC

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has been released from hospital in Washington DC.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America wrote on Twitter: "I am delighted to announce to all that our spiritual father, His All-Holiness was just released from hospital. He is feeling well and is ready to continue his official Apostolic Visit."

The 81-year-old was taken to the George Washington University Hospital, where he was advised to rest and is being kept under observation, after arriving in the US capital on Saturday for a 12-day visit.

He was due to attend a church service in Washington but felt unwell after the long flight and his busy schedule.

Patriarch Bartholomew's visit includes a meeting with President Joe Biden.

Making the latest of several trips to the country during his 30 years in office, Bartholomew is expected to address concerns ranging from a pending restructuring of the American church to his church’s status in his homeland, Turkey.

Bartholomew is scheduled to receive an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame on Thursday in an event highlighting efforts to improve Orthodox-Catholic ties, centuries after the two churches broke decisively in 1054 amid disputes over theology and papal claims of supremacy.

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