“Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Thirty Years of Service”
Last Saturday, December 18, the Olympion Cinema in Thessaloniki hosted the world premiere of the documentary film “Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: Thirty Years of Service.“
The screening, supported by the Thessaloniki Film Festival, is part of a series of honorary events aimed at showcasing the multifaceted work of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his patriarchate, as well as his role in the modern world. The documentary was produced by the Faculty of Theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies.
The film’s successful realization was largely ensured by Father John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchal Throne, along with the head of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies and President of the European Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments, Mrs. Flora Karayanni.
The world premiere was attended by our Elder, Bishop Partenij, at the invitation of the President of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies and initiator of the film project, His Grace Bishop Amorion Nikiforos, Abbot of the Patriarchal Monastery of Vlatadon in Thessaloniki.
The promotion was attended by many distinguished individuals from the ecclesiastical, political, academic, and social spheres in Thessaloniki and beyond.
The documentary about Patriarch Bartholomew features testimonies from many significant figures in international politics, religious and church leaders worldwide, as well as an autobiographical interview with the Patriarch himself.
“In short, in fifty minutes, the documentary attempts to touch, even if just with the fingertips, the life journey of the Ecumenical Patriarch throughout his thirty years of archpastoral service on the Constantinopolitan throne,” stated the Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Mr. Chrysostomos Stamoulis.