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Ecumenical Patriarchate

The Ecumenical Patriarchate, located in Istanbul, is the senior see of Orthodox Christianity. The current ecumenical patriarch is Bartholomew, who presides alongside the other Orthodox primates, though tradition grants him "first among equals" status and responsibility for initiating and coordinating action between the autocephalous Orthodox churches. The patriarchate's geographic jurisdiction includes Turkey and several small outlying territories, including Crete. In addition to continued dialogue efforts that include Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Jewish partners, in recent years the patriarchate has also supported a campaign of environmental awareness and creation care within the Orthodox community.

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