Orthodox Patriarch hospitalized after stent procedure

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NEW YORK (AP) – The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians was spending the night in a New York City hospital after placing a stent Wednesday afternoon at the end of his visit to the United States, according to the Greek Archdiocese Orthodox of America.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 81, of Constantinople underwent the procedure at Mount Sinai Hospital following an angiogram that determined the need for the stent, according to the archdiocese. A stent is a tube placed in a blocked blood vessel to increase blood flow.

He is expected to be released on Thursday, he added. More details were not immediately disclosed.

Hospital treatment delayed Bartholomew’s return to Turkey, which was scheduled for Wednesday at the end of a busy 12-day U.S. itinerary.

The trip, his first to the country in several years, also began with an overnight stay in a Washington hospital when he felt “unwell” a day after arriving, officials said. ‘church.

He resumed his itinerary, meeting President Joe Biden at the White House and receiving awards from Catholic and Jewish organizations.

On Tuesday, he spoke in a firm voice and didn’t sound tired as he stood for an hour-long ceremony at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine near the World Trade Center in New York, which replaces a church destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. He then attended an evening to celebrate his 30th anniversary as Patriarch, the longest term on record.

As Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew is considered the first among his peers among the Eastern Orthodox patriarchs, which gives him importance but not the power of a Catholic pope. It oversees the Greek Orthodox and some other jurisdictions, although large parts of the Eastern Orthodox world are autonomous under their own patriarchs.

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