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Bill Clinton’s Letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch

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Bill Clinton’s Letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch

January 7, 2013 His All Holiness Bartholomew Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Your All Holiness: I read the outstanding article in the New York Times about your environmental advocacy, and I wanted to offer my deepest gratitude for your leadership on this important issue. Thank you for reminding people of all faiths […]

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The Feast of the Three Hierarchs at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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The Feast of the Three Hierarchs at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presided over the Divine Liturgy in commemoration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs: Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom. Following the Divine Liturgy, reception was held at the Patriarchal Hall.           Photos: by Nikolaos […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch expressed a paternal message of condolence and compassion for the victims of the tragedy in Newton,Connecticut

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Ecumenical Patriarch expressed a paternal message of condolence and compassion for the victims of the tragedy in Newton,Connecticut

PERSONAL MESSAGE OF COMPASSION  On the Tragic Events at Sandy Hook Elementary School  Newtown, Connecticut  From His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew  (Sunday, December 16, 2012) Today, during the Divine Liturgy our heart and attention were directed in thought and prayer for those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Connecticut, USA, especially […]

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas

“Christ is born, glorify Him; Christ is on earth, exalt Him.”

Let us rejoice in gladness for the ineffable condescension of God.The angels precede us singing: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will among all people.”

Yet, on earth we behold and experience wars and threats of wars. Still, the joyful announcement is in no way annulled. Peace has truly come to earth through reconciliation between God and people in the person of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, however, we human beings have not been reconciled, despite God’s sacred will. We retain a hateful disposition for one another. We discriminate against one another by means of fanaticism with regard to religious and political convictions, by means of greed in the acquisition of material goods, and through expansionism in the exercise of political power. These are the reasons why we come into conflict with one another.

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Orthodox Leader Deepens Progressive Stance on Environment

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Orthodox Leader Deepens Progressive Stance on Environment

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 […]

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The Patriarch is Ecumenical

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The Patriarch is Ecumenical

It is sometimes very difficult to understand why Turkey refrains from reforms in various fields. In the past, we used to think that Turkey was lagging behind in reforms because of the attitudes of the Kemalist elites. However, in this Turkey of 2012, where non-Kemalist actors almost completely dominate the political scene, more persuasive answers […]

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Address by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches

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Address by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches

Beloved friends in the Lord, We are sincerely delighted to be here with you as grateful benefciaries of the generous hospitality of the historical Church of Crete. It is through the “fair havens” (the Kaloi Loimenes) of this  apostolic island that St. Paul, the great “apostle to the gentiles,” sailed on his way to Rome on his 4th […]

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Ecumenical Patriarchate Purchases 8th Century Church in Bursa

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Ecumenical Patriarchate Purchases 8th Century Church in Bursa

The world’s reputedly third oldest church, the Byzantine Başmelekler Church, or Taksiyarhon Church, was purchased by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Sept. 10, Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, has announced. The Başmelekler Church, built in 789 by Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogennetos, is located in the Trilye region of the Marmara province of Bursa. The church was put […]

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Communiqué on the resurgence of Violence spreading throughout the World

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Communiqué on the resurgence of Violence spreading throughout the World

The Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses profound concern about the resurgence of violence currently spreading throughout the world. From America to Africa and throughout Europe and Asia, continents are confronted with the phenomenon of intolerance that not only undermines world stability and peace, but also constitutes a denial of human dignity. Racial murders, genocide, ethnic cleansing, anti-semitism, […]

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Communiqué for Respect of Religious Differences and Cessation of Violence

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Communiqué for Respect of Religious Differences and Cessation of Violence

The Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses profound sorrow as the world has rushed into a confusing and volatile time of religious protests turning violent, and a grievous lack of consideration for religious differences.  When we act disrespectfully and violently in the name of our religious prejudices or our religious beliefs we are undermining our own lives and […]

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Consecration of Metropolitan Athenagoras of Kydonion (Cydoniae) at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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Consecration of Metropolitan Athenagoras of Kydonion (Cydoniae) at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Sunday, November 18, 2012, His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch presided at the Divine Liturgy with eight Hierarchs (from the Churches of Constantinople and Greece) concelebrating at the Patriarchal Church of St. George for the consecration of the newly-elected Metropolitan Athenagoras of Kydonion, who formerly served as Grand Archimandrite at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His Beatitude […]

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The Real Environmental Crisis. Lessons from the Green Patriarch

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The Real Environmental Crisis. Lessons from the Green Patriarch

Earlier this month, His All Holiness Bartholomew, the Patriarch of 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians, convened a two-day conversation on “environment, ethics and innovation.” We gathered on the tiny, ancient island of Heybeliada off Istanbul, which was once the Patriarch’s Constantinople and before that New Rome. There were scientists there, and activists, and religious thinkers. […]

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