Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Marmara Island

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew conducted the Holy Liturgy on the Marmara Island of the northwestern Turkish province of Balıkesir on 22 September 2013.

Nearly 150 believers attended the ceremony, with many Orthodox faithful coming from all parts of Greece and Istanbul. Patriarch Bartholomew also paid a visit to the local town's Mayor Süleyman Aksoy after the ceremony at his office.  Aksoy and Bartholomew together visited the open air Marble Museum, historic Greek houses and the Mother Mary water cistern on the Island.

His All-Holiness also spent time with the island’s disabled people and prayed for them, before returning to Balıkesir’s Erdek port.

Source: Orthodox Cognate Page