Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Present Violence in Iraq

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Source: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, … [Read more...]

Statement on 2014 U.S. Commission’s Report on International Religious Freedom – Report Designates Turkey to a “Tier Two” Country

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Source: American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association WASHINGTON, DC -  Anthony Kouzounis, supreme president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the largest and oldest membership-based association for the nation's millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, issued the following statement on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom's release of its 2014 Annual Report on April 30: "The return of Turkey's … [Read more...]

Legal Entities of Non-Muslims: “Problems and Rights”

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Source: Order of St Andrew the Apostle - Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Istanbul, Turkey On behalf of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, on January 30, 2014, the Honorable B. Theodore Bozonelis, Archon Ekdikos and Regional Commander of New Jersey, attended a conference in Istanbul, Turkey sponsored by Bilgi University Faculty of Law in partnership with Community (Minority) Foundations and the Council of European Human Rights (the Venice Commission). The topic of the conference … [Read more...]

The Primacy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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Source: MYSTAGOGY By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou At times, as in our days, there arises the issue of the privilege of honor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the so-called Primacy, which is not just an honor of politeness, but it has specific canonical responsibilities. It is known that the primacy of honor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is safeguarded by the Ecumenical Synods. In the 3rd Canon of the Second Ecumenical Synod it was ruled: "The … [Read more...]

Jaharis Speaks about Issues of the Archdiocese

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Source: The National Herald Analysis By Theodore Kalmoukos Special to The National Herald Michael Jaharis, Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council, raised some very important issues about the life of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America in his speech to the Council, which is published here. He touched upon the problems that were created with the elevation of the local ecclesiastical districts to Metropolises. In essence, the current administrative structure refutes the unity and … [Read more...]

His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew addresses 1st Istanbul World Forum

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Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (October 13-14, 2012) It is a sincere privilege to be invited by the Prime Ministry Office of Public Diplomacy and the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research to address this 1st Istanbul World Forum held under the distinguished auspices of and officially opened by His Excellency Prime Minister Erdogan. Moreover, it is a personal pleasure to participate in this esteemed panel on the critical subject of “Religion and … [Read more...]

Halki Summit 2012

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Under the Auspices of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew The Halki Summit – sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and co-sponsored by Southern New Hampshire University – is a conversation on environment, ethics and innovation among a distinguished group of activists, scientists, journalists, business leaders, theologians, and academics. At the heart of this discussion is the recognition that no healing environmental action can be successful … [Read more...]

Professors from Greek Aristotle’s University Undertake Restoration Project of Theological School of Halki

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Source: Greek Reporter | Stella Tsolakidou The Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki is taking an active part in reviving the Theological School of Halki in Istanbul. This trend has been supported by 30 professors of the Greek University, who will provide the Ecumenical Patriarchate with their knowledge and know-how (in terms of research and study) in order to propose alternative methods of rebuilding and renovating the School. This is a joint initiative of the University’s Deanery and … [Read more...]

What Wasn’t Said

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Source: The National Herald Archbishop Demetrios and Vice President Biden had a lengthy discussion at the Archdiocese last week, as we reported. Oddly enough, they didn't go in front of the TV cameras to make a statement, as is customary. The main topic of discussion revolved around issues dealing with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. That's all well and good. The Greek-American community has a duty to do whatever possible to make sure that the Patriarchate is able to exist and operate … [Read more...]

Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the Headquarters of the GOA

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK – Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan. The two discussed the matter of religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other issues of mutual interest regarding security and peace in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Headquarters 8-10 East 79th St. New … [Read more...]