Benedict XVI Honored by Eastern Orthodox Hierarchs

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Another look at the Constantinople-Rome schism and a way forward for reconciliation Source: The Catholic World Report by Christopher B. Warner Following the announcement of Benedict XVI’s retirement, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the chief hierarch of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, issued a statement expressing his profound respect and friendship to Benedict. Bartholomew honored Pope Benedict as an eminent theologian and reaffirmed his desire to keep dialogue open between Catholic … [Read more...]

Bartholomew Addresses Vital Matters

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Source: The National Herald by TNH staff CONSTANTINOPLE – Illustrating that Constantinople is still a “Byzantine” place regardless of what Turks call it, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said during an interview with the Turkish Daily Milliyet that he only learned from newspapers that a special commission was set up to decide the fate of the Halki Seminary, which has been closed for more than four decades. "There is no representative of the Patriarchate on this commission. It is as if … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Issues Statement at the Announcement of the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – Upon being informed on the way to his native island of Imvros of the imminent retirement of Pope Benedict from the Petrine Throne of Rome, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a formal declaration and personal statement to the media, responding with sadness to the news. His All-Holiness closely cooperated with the Pope during the tenure of Pope Benedict, issuing joint statements on contemporary problems facing humanity and realizing … [Read more...]

Bartholomew is Seeking to Reinvigorate Dialogue With Roman Catholics

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos CONSTANTINOPLE – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is attempting to inaugurate a new path and new dynamics of rapprochement and reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church in conjunction with the Theological Dialogue working towards the Eucharistic Union of the Churches. In his speech to the Delegation of the Church of Rome headed by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the Thronal … [Read more...]

Orthodox Leader Deepens Progressive Stance on Environment

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Source: The New York Times By MARLISE SIMONS Originally Published on December 3, 2012 At a conference near Istanbul last June, the chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall spoke about the endangered habitat of what she called “our closest relatives.” Underlining the evolutionary link, she described her encounter with a senior male ape who had a “beautiful white beard.” With a smile, she turned to the 72-year-old man in the front row and added, “Very much like yours.” The man with the long … [Read more...]

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received the 2012 Freedom Award

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Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople On May 12, 2012, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, primus inter pares of the entire Orthodox Church, received the prestigious 'Freedom Award'. The Four Freedoms Medals are presented to men and women whose achievements have demonstrated a commitment to those principles which President Roosevelt proclaimed in his historic speech to Congress on January 6, 1941, as essential to democracy: freedom of speech and expression, freedom … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch Marks the Ecclesiastical New Year with a Statement on the Environment

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Source: Orthodox Church in America For many years, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, has issued a statement on the protection of the environment in conjunction with his annual message marking the beginning of the ecclesiastical year on September 1. “Our God, who created the universe and formed the earth as a perfect dwelling place for humanity, granted us the commandment and possibility to increase, multiply and fulfill creation, with dominion over all animals and plants,” … [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...]

Patriarch Ilia the Second: It is Very Dangerous to Summon World Orthodox Meeting

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Source: The Georgian Times (Originally published October 24, 2011) Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilia the Second spoke about his visit to Konstantinopolis in his church service yesterday. He said he was there on the 20th jubilee of enthronization of world Patriarch, Bartlomeos I. "We spoke about future orthodox meeting. Bartlomeos I wants a meeting of orthodox churches to take place. We responded to him saying that such a meeting cannot be held until all disputed issues are solved", … [Read more...]

Christians in Turkey Festively Celebrate Christmas

Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas with a religious service on saturday at St. Pierre Church in Hatay. (Photo: AA)

Source: Today's Zaman 25 December 2011 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL The thousands of Christians in Turkey began their Christmas celebrations on Dec. 24, and several religious ceremonies were held in different churches as political figures like the president and prime minister issued holiday messages. İstiklal Street was the center of activity where Christians gathered together to spend the evening. Some joined parties while many others went to church to pray. Many Catholics celebrated … [Read more...]