President Joe Biden welcomed Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the White House on Monday evening, October 25, 2021. According to the White House, President Biden congratulated His All Holiness on thirty years of moral and Spiritual leadership as Ecumenical Patriarch. They discussed efforts to confront climate change, steps to end the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of religious freedom as a fundamental human right. Their meeting underscored the critical role that faith communities play in confronting the range of global challenges we all face, as well as the decades-long friendship and partnership between President Biden and His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch. The President also expressed relief at the Ecumenical Patriarch’s speedy recovery.