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The 2005 London Hellenic Society Annual Lecture

                                       The Role of Religion in a Changing Europe

His all Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew

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Date  Thursday, 3 November 2005
Time 18:30 - 20:00
Venue Old Theatre, Old building, LSE
Chair Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director

The spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians around the world, His All Holiness Patriarch Vartholomeos, visited the LSE on Thursday 3 November. He gave a public lecture - sponsored by the London Hellenic Society - entitled, The Role of Religion in a Changing Europe, addressing themes of inter-faith understanding; the need for mutual respect between State authorities and organised religion; and, the fulfillment of the individual personality through faith and social obligation.

Howard Davies, Director of the LSE, presented His All Holiness with a commemorative scroll to acknowledge the appreciation of the School for his visit. The Patriarch's lecture was part of the programme of public events hosted by the LSE's Hellenic Observatory.

 The Observatory's Director, Professor Kevin Featherstone, commented "We are delighted to have been able to welcome His All Holiness from Istanbul for his first ever visit to the LSE.

Some 300 million Christians see him as their spiritual leader - acknowledging him as the head of the second largest Church in the world. The huge demand for tickets for his lecture is evidence of the public interest in his position".

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