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The Orthodox Church’s top patriarch will visit the United States this week.

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The spiritual leader of the worldxe2x80x99s 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians brings an agenda spanning religious, political and environmental issues to a 12-day U.S. visit beginning Saturday that includes a meeting with President Joe Biden and various ceremonial and interfaith gatherings.

Making the latest of several trips to the country during his 30 years in office, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to address concerns ranging from a pending restructuring of the American church to his church’s status in his homeland, Turkey.

Bartholomewxe2x80x99s title, patriarch of Constantinople, reflects the ancient imperial name of the city now known as Istanbul in a country where Orthodox Christians, who are mostly ethnically Greek, are a small minority.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said the patriarch is expected to renew calls for the reopening of a school of theology closed by the Turkish government 50 years ago.

xe2x80x9cReligious freedom in Turkey is vital for the ecumenical patriarchate in Turkey,xe2x80x9d Elpidophoros said.

Bartholomew will receive an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame on Oct. 28 in an event highlighting efforts to improve Orthodox-Catholic ties, centuries after the two churches broke decisively in 1054 amid disputes over theology and papal claims of supremacy.

Repairing that breach has xe2x80x9cbeen a longstanding commitment of the patriarch,xe2x80x9d said the Rev. Alexis Torrance, a professor of Byzantine theology at Notre Dame and an Orthodox priest.

The gathering will also include a talk on environmental stewardship, underscoring Bartholomewxe2x80x99s reputation as the xe2x80x9cgreen patriarch.xe2x80x9d

The patriarch is considered first among equals in the Eastern Orthodox hierarchy, which gives him prominence but not the power of a Catholic pope.

Just as his influence is limited in Turkey, it is also limited in the Eastern Orthodox communion, rooted in Eastern Europe and the Middle East with a worldwide diaspora. Large portions of the communion are in national churches that are independently governed, with the ecumenical patriarch having only symbolic prominence, though he does directly oversee Greek Orthodox and some other jurisdictions.

The Russian Orthodox Church, with about 100 million adherents, has in particular asserted its independence and influence and rejected Bartholomew’s 2019 recognition of the independence of Orthodox churches in Ukraine, where Moscowxe2x80x99s patriarch still claims sovereignty.

For an ecumenical patriarch with primarily soft-power tools such as diplomacy at his disposal, the high profile of the U.S. visit has symbolic value for Bartholomew, said Andrew Walsh, associate director of the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticut.

It will “demonstrate that hexe2x80x99s a respected leader,xe2x80x9d said Walsh, a layman who has long written about contemporary issues in Orthodoxy. xe2x80x9cIt is useful and desirable for him to show that presidents of the United States will talk with him.xe2x80x9d

Bartholomew is set to meet with Biden and other top U.S. officials in the coming days, though exact times have not been announced.

Bartholomew will also hold a ceremonial door-opening atxc2xa0St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City,xc2xa0built to replace a parish church destroyed during the 9/11 attacks, and to memorialize those killed at the nearby World Trade Center.

Bartholomew will meet, too, with leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and various other Orthodox leaders.

Last year his office suspended the Greek Orthodox archdiocesexe2x80x99s governing charter, and discussions are expected to yield a new one by 2022, according to Elpidophoros.

xe2x80x9cWhat Greek (Orthodox) are waiting for is what he says about the charterxe2x80x9d during the visit, Walsh said, particularly on the patriarch’s vision for how much authority will be centralized or decentralized in the American church.

The American Jewish Committee is recognizing Bartholomew with its Human Dignity Award for his environmental and interfaith work.

xe2x80x9cHe is not only the xe2x80x98green patriarch,xe2x80x99 but also hexe2x80x99s the patriarch of promoting dialogue,xe2x80x9d Elpidophoros said.

A 2017 Pew Research Center report found that there were about 200 million Eastern Orthodox worldwide. It reported about 1.8 million Orthodox in the United States, with nearly half of those Greek Orthodox.

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NATOxc2xa0agreed on a new master plan on Thursday to deter Russian advances on multiple fronts amidst a new low in the relationship following the ouster of NATO-accredited Moscow envoys and reduction in the number of Russian positions within the alliance.

The confidential strategy, Concept for Deterrence and Defence in the Euro-Atlantic Area, aims to prepare NATO members for attacks from the Baltic and Black Sea regions. The plan has incorporated measures for nuclear, space, and cyber attacks. As for cyber warfare, the meeting concluded with $1 billion in seed funding for developing digital technologies.

xe2x80x9cWe continue to strengthen our alliance with better and modernised plans,xe2x80x9d NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said following the Thursday meeting.

The defense ministers are in Brussels for the two-day event before the NATO summit next June.

NATO diplomats say such measures do not imply that there is an upcoming Russian attack.

xe2x80x9cThis is the way of deterrence,xe2x80x9d German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said of the master plan, according to Reuters.

xe2x80x9cAnd this is being adapted to the current behaviour ofxc2xa0Russia – and we are seeing violations particularly of the airspace over the Baltic states, but also increasing incursions over the Black Sea,xe2x80x9d she told German radio Deutschlandfunk.

Even as Moscow complains about NATO destabilizing Europe through such initiatives, Russia has been holding military drills and amassing almost 100,000 troops nearxc2xa0Ukrainexc2xa0borders, sending military aircraft that intrudes into NATO airspace, and developing nuclear-capable missiles.

Alongside ally Belarus, Russia has deployed combat robots in extensive military drills in September that have not gone well with the Baltic countries.

Russia is also developing xe2x80x9csuper weapons,xe2x80x9d includingxc2xa0nuclear-capable hypersonic cruise missiles that the United States hasxc2xa0no defense against, reportedxc2xa0rfe/rl.

The relationship with NATO had soured after Russian forces annexed Ukrainexe2x80x99s Crimean Peninsula back in 2014.

Earlier in the month, NATO expelled eight Russian envoys who were suspected to be intelligence officers. This was combined with halving of the number of seats from 20 to 10 given to Moscow in Brussels headquarters xe2x80x9cin response to suspected malign Russian activities, including killings and espionage,xe2x80x9d a NATO official said, Sky News reported. In retaliation, Moscow announced that its mission to NATO would be ending.

xe2x80x9cThe assumption up until now has been that Russia is a nuisance but not an imminent threat. But the Russians are doing some worrying things. Theyxe2x80x99re practising with robotics, and hypersonic cruise missiles could be very disruptive indeed,xe2x80x9d Jamie Shea, a former senior NATO official, said to Reuters.