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Winter 1998

From Behind the Cyrillic Curtain: The Green Patriarch Speaks

Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, is the spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. He has been called the "Green Patriarch" because of his outspoken concern about the environment.

His contributions here are adapted from an address last November at an environmental symposium in California co-sponsored by Jean-Michel Cousteau and US Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and from earlier pronouncements by the patriarch.

Because of the "Cyrillic curtain," Bartholomew's views are little known in the English-speaking world that defines global culture.

Istanbul - Human beings and the environment form a seamless garment of existence, a complex fabric that we believe is fashioned by God.

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