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Ecumenical Patriarch calls for ‘ascetic spirit of frugality and moderation’ in face of poverty

December 13, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: In an address in South Korea, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said, “It is a fact that greed, luxury, opulence and avarice are, indeed, incompatible with the teaching of Christ. How can a wealthy Christian justify his wealth when there are so many poor around him?” Born in 1940, Bartholomew became Ecumenical Patriarch in 1991; he holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches.

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