On the Recent Events in Jerusalem and their Ecclesiological Underpinnings

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Source: Orthodox Heritage By a Greek Orthodox priest "But if," they say, "we had devised some middle ground between the dogmas (of the Papists and the Orthodox), then thanks to this we would have united with them and accomplished our business superbly, without at all having been forced to say anything except what corresponds to custom and has been handed down (by the Fathers)." This is precisely the means by which many, from of old, have been deceived and persuaded to follow those who have … [Read more...]

Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis’s Masterstroke

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Source: The Daily Beast by Candida Moss Meeting the head of the Eastern Orthodox church, the pope set a date for a third historic meeting of Christian factions—a savvy move to control how his successors lead. After all the speculation surrounding Pope Francis’s ability to engineer peace on his big Middle East trip, the biggest news from the visit came from his visit with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the primary leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Not to gloat, but we … [Read more...]

3 bishops nominated to fill archdiocese post

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Source: The Blade (Toledo) Saliba led Antiochian Orthodox church since ’66 BY PETER SMITH BLOCK NEWS ALLIANCE CHICAGO — Three bishops have been nominated to be the first new leader in half a century of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The candidates were chosen Thursday at a special assembly in Chicago, called to recommend a successor to the late Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who died March 19 at age 82 after leading the growing denomination since … [Read more...]

Vatican: Too early to confirm 2025 Orthodox-Catholic summit

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Source: National Catholic Reporter by Josephine McKenna  Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican spokesman said it’s premature to suggest a gathering between Catholic and Orthodox faiths to mark the 1700th anniversary of the first church council held in Nicea in 325 A.D. Despite cordial meetings between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during the pontiff’s visit to Jerusalem in May, the Vatican has rejected media reports that a 2025 event had … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis conclude meetings in Jerusalem

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Source: Orthodox Church in America His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with Pope Francis for the final time on the Mount of Olives on Monday, May 26, 2014. At the site known as Viri Galilaei—mentioned in Acts 1.11—the Patriarch and the Pontiff met for the third and final time during their joint pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With the echo of Paschal hymns in the distance, they conferred on a variety of issues, including ecumenical dialogue, environmental … [Read more...]

“A Sign of Contradiction”: A Forgotten Reflection by Florovsky on the Pope and the Patriarch

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Source: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy CLICK HERE to read the essay. … [Read more...]

Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

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Source: Catholic Herald (UK) By STAFF REPORTER 1. Like our venerable predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who met here in Jerusalem fifty years ago, we too, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were determined to meet in the Holy Land “where our common Redeemer, Christ our Lord, lived, taught, died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, whence he sent the Holy Spirit on the infant Church” (Common communiqué of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, … [Read more...]

Russian church the absent player at pope-patriarch summit

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Source: Reuters (Reuters) - When Pope Francis meets the spiritual head of the world's Orthodox Christians next week, the speeches and symbolism will focus on how these ancient western and eastern wings of Christianity want to come closer together. After almost a millennium apart, however, the key to the elusive unity they seek does not lie in Jerusalem, where the Catholic pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will embrace on May 25. If anywhere, that key lies in Moscow. The Russian … [Read more...]

Historic Meeting Between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to take place May 23-27 in Jerusalem

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America APOSTOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO JERUSALEM The meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the City of Jerusalem May 23-27, 2014 A Historic Meeting Learn about the purpose of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in … [Read more...]

Antiochian Archdiocese Special Nominating Convention Notice: Hotel and Registration Information

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The Archdiocese communicated the following details regarding historic May and June meetings to all clergy and parishes on April 8, 2014: The dates and location have been set for a special Archdiocesan Synod Meeting, Board of Trustees meeting and the Special Nominating Convention. The location will be Chicago, Illinois, in order to facilitate air travel from all parts of the Archdiocese. The specific hotel will be announced, … [Read more...]