Istanbul, March 31, 2020
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople’s upcoming “Apostolic Visit” to America has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He was originally scheduled to visit America from May 7 to 17, with stops in Boston, Southampton, New York City, Washington, D.C., Weirton, and South Bend, where he was to receive an honorary doctorate from the Catholic Notre Dame University.
The announcement of the postponement on the site of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America reads in full:
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America announced today the postponement of the Apostolic Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The visit will be rescheduled after consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization in order to ensure the health and safety of the Faithful who yearn to receive the blessing of His All-Holiness as he visits the Archdiocese.
Commenting on this development, Archbishop Elpidophoros said:
“The health of our Ecumenical Patriarch and our communities is our utmost priority during this time of pandemic. The postponement of the Apostolic Visit is a necessary precaution, and we look very much forward to receiving His All-Holiness when the time is right. Until then, we pray for his continued good health and prosperity, even as we pray for the whole world.”