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President Barack Obama offers tribute to His All-Holiness on the occasion of his 25th Anniversary of Election

President Barack Obama issued the following statement from The White House on October 20, 2016:

I am pleased to join in paying tribute to His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, as he marks the 25th anniversary of his election as Ecumenical Patriarch.

Guided by the teachings of his faith, His All-Holiness, Bartholomew, has long been a pillar of wisdom and enlightenment for people around the world. His work--whether promoting peace and reconciliation, standing for human rights and freedoms, supporting refugees, or encouraging us to be stewards of the one planet we share--has helped transcend divides that have set people apart throughout history. At the heart of his efforts lies a fundamental truth about our common humanity: that it is our sacred obligation to spend our time here on Earth working together to forge a brighter future for all--including for generations that have not yet come to be.

I hope the years ahead bring continued blessings to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's ministry, and I send all those marking this special milestone my very best wishes.