His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome, occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Church. Born on the island of Imvros (Gökçeada, Turkey) in 1940, he was elected Ecumenical Patriarch in 1991. As a citizen of Turkey, his personal experience provides him with a unique perspective on interreligious and intercultural dialogue, especially among the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths. As Ecumenical Patriarch, he has journeyed throughout the Orthodox and non-Orthodox world alike promulgating a universal message of love, hope and peace. His continuous efforts to promote environmental awareness, ecological initiatives and common mobilization across the globe have earned him the title “Green Patriarch.” These endeavors, together with his inspiring efforts on behalf of religious freedom and human rights, rank Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew among the world’s foremost apostles in the pursuit of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and a culture of solidarity.