All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has
made an official visit to Estonia from the 26th of
October to the 1st of November 2000.
He was met in Tallinn airport by the representatives
of the President and Prime Minister of the Republic
and with the protocol officials from the side of the
State. From the Church he was met by His Eminence,
Archbishop John of Karelia and All Finland, His Eminence,
Metropolitan Stephanos of Tallinn and All Estonia
and other clergy members.
The ambassador of Greece to Estonia with his wife
was also present in the airport.
Soon after the arrival of the Patriarch there was
a prayer service in the church of Transfiguration
of Tallinn, where the Prime Minister was present.
His All-Holiness read the act of canonisation of martyr
bishop Plato and those who suffered with him.
Next day His All-Holiness visited the Minister of
Internal Affairs, the Prime Minister, the speaker
of the Parliament and the President of the Republic,
having cordial discussions with each one. He had lunch
with the Prime Minister and dinner with the President.
In the Parliament he read a message to the Estonian
On 28 October he had lunch with the Mayor of Tallinn,
made a visit to the Lutheran Cathedral, where the
Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church received
him, and after vespers in the Transfiguration church
hold a conversation with the Orthodox youth of Estonia
On Sunday, 29 October, he presided over a Divine Liturgy
in the same church and said a sermon there. As his
co-celebrants there were Metropolitan Stephanos of
Tallinn and All Estonia, all the hierarchy of the
Finnish Orthodox Church and the members of Patriarchal
delegation, Representatives of the President and the
Prime Minister, Nuncio of Vatican, Archbishop of the
Lutheran Church and all the clergy of the EOC and
a multitude of faithful were present.
He had a lunch with the clergy of the EOC. In the
afternoon he blessed the renovation works of the church
of St. Symeon and in the evening he was present on
the reception organized by the Ambassador of Greece,
where approximately 200 people took part, including
the diplomatic corps.
On Monday, 30 October, he presided over a prayer service
in the church of the Dormition of Mother of God in
Tartu. The act of canonization of St. Plato and his
fellow martyrs was read once again, because Tartu
was the town where they suffered by the hands of the
Bolsheviks on January 14, 1919. After venerating the
place of their martyrdom and a visit to the Mayor,
he had lunch with the Rector of the University. Then
he made a speech to the professors and students on
the theme: Quest for the sense of life.
In the evening he visited the town of Võru,
its museum and the local Orthodox Church and had dinner
with the Mayor of Võru.
Tuesday, 31 October he made his way to Värska,
Treski and Põltsamaa; in the last-mentioned
place he had a lunch with the governor of Jõgevamaa.
The same evening the Ecumenical Patriarch offered
a festive dinner in Tallinn, where the President of
the Republic and many Ministers were present. The
Foreign Minister represented the Prime Minister.
Next day, the 1st of November, he sent a message by
the TV to the Estonian people and gave a press conference,
in which he thanked for the hospitality, explained
matters relating to the autonomy of the EOC and expressed
his wishes for the progress of both the Estonian people
and the EOC.
After this, he flew back to his see with the same
private airplane he had arrived with.