Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: He considers it essential to seize the valuable opportunity which God is offering us to overcome divisions and to help bring peace and reconciliation to the human family. Further he believes the Church must manifest the possibility of the Orthodox Faith and Tradition to help resolving the problems of our time. For this specific purpose, he personally visited many countries, and among them countries where visits by any outsider would have been impossible.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew holds numerous honorary doctorates, from prestigious academic institutions such as the universities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and Ioannina (in Greece), Georgetown and Yale (in the USA), Flinders and Manila, London, Edinburgh, Louvain, Moscow, Bologna and Bucharest (in Europe). He speaks Greek, Turkish, Italian, German, French and English; he is also fluent in classical Greek and Latin.