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24 September, 2002
New York's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Monday visited the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos in his office in Phanar.
Bloomberg called the Patriarch not only a religious leader of the Orthodox Church, but also a man who worked toward bringing different religions together, so that people can understand each other and to co-exist.
Following his visit in Athens, Greece, Bloomberg arrived here intending to meet with Vartholomeos. The Patriarchal Holy Synod held a banquet in his honor.
Source: Athens News Agency