His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew landed Monday morning at Incheon international airport at the start of his six-day visit to South Korea where he will participate in the celebrations dedicated to the 50th anniversary of St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Seoul.
According to the Ecumenical Patriachate’s website, during his stay in Seoul, His Holiness will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Patriarch Bartholomew will preside over the Divine Liturgy at the Seoul Metropolitan Cathedral on the feast day of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia.
The same day, His Holiness will participate in the Campaign of Love charitable action of the Korean Salvation Army, and will be visiting homeless people.
On Friday, December 7, the Primate of the Church of Constantinople will give an opening speech at the Environmental International Symposium ‘Ecology, theology, and human dignity in Orthodox Christian tradition.’
During the Symposium, the Korean edition of Patriarch Bartholomew’s book ‘Encountering the mystery. Understanding Orthodox Christianity Today’ will be presented.
The last visit paid by the Ecumenical Patriarch in South Korea was in 2000.
The Orthodox Metropolis of Korea is under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including seven parishes in South Korea, one parish in North Korea, two monasteries and thirteen chapels.
During his visit to South Korea, the Ecumenical Patriarch is accompanied by Geron Metropolitan Demetrios of Prinkiponnisos, Great Archimandrite Bessarion, Archdeacon John Chryssavgis, and Constantinos Taliadouros.
His Holiness will end his visit on Sunday, December 9, when he will return to Constantinople.
Photography: Arrival of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Bucharest, November 23, 2018. Courtesy of Basilica.ro