New Book by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Coming in April from Notre Dame Press

As the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, has long been a beacon for strengthening interreligious and interfaith dialogues on the world stage. On April 1, 2023, the University of Notre Dame Press will publish Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: Peace, Reconciliation, and Care for Creation, edited by John Chryssavgis. This book assembles eleven joint statements initiated by the ecumenical patriarch with prominent global Christian leaders, including Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope St. John Paul II, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and Archbishop Ieronymos II. It also includes Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s address at the University of Notre Dame upon receiving an honorary doctorate on October 30, 2021.

The statements in this book address a wide array of pressing issues, including human rights, the environment, support of migrants, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the relationship between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, frequently referred to as “sister churches.” The book contains a foreword by John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, and an introduction by John Chryssavgis, which provides an overview of the ecumenical patriarch’s long ministry and powerful vision, illustrating his significance both within the Orthodox world as well as on the world stage.

“Patriarch Bartholomew is not only a spiritual leader, a moral force, but also a global educator of souls.”

—from the foreword by John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame

“This important book is both a gift and a challenge to Christians of all traditions and backgrounds, as well as to others who share with us the stewardship of this planet Earth, ‘our island home.’ In these pages there is much of value for anyone who would dare to follow Jesus and his Way of Love for all of God’s children and all of creation.”

—The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and author of Love is the Way

Read an excerpt from the book here.

Global Initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will be available on April 1, 2023, wherever books are sold. We encourage you to support your local independent bookstore either in person or online.


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For more information, contact: Kathryn Pitts, University of Notre Dame Press,, 574.631.3267.

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