His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit Finland from the 8th until the 12th of September 2023 in order to honour with his presence the celebrations for the centenary of the Finnish Orthodox Church as an autonomous church.
The signing of the Tomos in 1923 confirmed the separation of the Orthodox Church of Finland from the Moscow Patriarchate and its autonomy within the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
During the visit, the Ecumenical Patriarch will meet with active young members of the Church, representatives of the city of Helsinki and various other religious denominations, as well as experts from nature protection organisations. On Sunday, 10 September 2023, the Ecumenical Patriarch will celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Uspensky Cathedral.
On 12 September 2023, the Ecumenical Patriarch and his entourage will then continue to Estonia, where the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate celebrates, also, the centenary of its independence. A delegation from Finland will also participate in the related events.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Finland three times in the 2000s: in 2003, 2010 and 2013.