On the final day of his four day visit to Paris, on the morning of Thursday, April 14, His Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch paid a visit to the Institute of St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute. Below is the welcoming speech of Archbishop Gabriel to the patriarch.
Your All Holiness,
It is for us a wonderful grace to have the opportunity to welcome you to our Institute of Theology on the occasion of your visit to Paris to present the new edition of the Ecumenical Translation of the Bible. We are truly delighted.
On January 27 Archbishop Gabriel underwent a surgical operation which had been planned for some time. He was released from hospital on 2 February and after a short convalescence resumed his duties at the headquarters of the Archdiocese on February 22. The operation went well, a lung tumour was removed, postoperative test results are satisfactory and doctors say they are confident.