December 17, 2023
On Sunday 17 December 2023, in Istanbul a newly-published book was presented to His All-Holiness Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and spiritual leader of over 220 million Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide, to mark His All-Holiness’ fiftieth anniversary as a bishop. The book was co-edited by two canonists well-known to the our members: Professor Norman Doe of the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University, and the Very Rev Grand Ecclesiarch Aetios.
Entitled Legal Thought and Eastern Orthodox Christianity: The Addresses of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (Routledge, 2023), the Foreword was written by the President of Greece. The book deals with His All-Holiness’ invaluable contribution to the development of legal thought on such matters as canon law, religious integration in Europe, human rights, religious freedom, and the environment. Also present at the presentation were the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, President of the Society, and the Worshipful Mark Hill KC, former Chair of the Society and consultant editor of our Journal – both of whom had contributed chapters to the book. At the private audience, Professor Doe presented a letter of good wishes to the Patriarch from the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Revd Andrew John, and Bishop Christopher did likewise from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby.
For more details of the book, see: https://www.routledge.com/Legal-Thought-and-Eastern-Orthodox-Christianity-The-Addresses-of-Ecumenical/Doe-Nikiforos/p/book/9781032610375
Photograph, left to right: Professor Konstantinos Delikostantis (University of Athens), the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, Professor Norman Doe, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Very Revd Grand Ecclesiarch Aetios, the Worshipful Mark Hill KC.