Ecumenical Patriarch to Attend Philippines Climate Change Forum on French President’s Invitation

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His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will attend a climate change forum in the Philippines on Feb. 26-27, 2015, on the invitation of French President François Hollande.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will give a speech at a climate change forum in the Philippines’ capital, Manila, where he will be attending as a special guest of Hollande.

Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and Archdeacon Dr. John Chryssavgis will accompany Ecumenical Patriarch on the trip.

Since becoming Patriarch in 1991, Bartholemew has gained a reputation as an environmentalist, with some giving him the nickname “the Green Patriarch.”

The climate change forum in the Philippines is organized as a preliminary meeting of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21), which will be held in Paris between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11, 2015.