Ecumenical Patriarch

How Constantinople ‘Changed’ the Orthodox Christian World

October 31, 2018 Featured

Miodrag Lazarevic – OpEd – 31/10/18 It is going to be a month since the Ecumenical Patriarchate reinstated the primates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), thereby heading towards ‘the granting’ of the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This decision has already resulted […]

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“Broken Promises”: Is Ukrainians’ Criticism of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Fair Enough?

August 27, 2018 Featured

Tamar Lomidze (Easter Orthodox Author and Contributor) – OCP News Service – 27/8/19 In July 2018, Kyiv witnessed the celebrations of the 1030th anniversary of Kievan Rus Christianization. Two of the largest Ukrainian Orthodox confessions – the Ukrainian Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC KP) and the Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) […]

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Russian Orthodox Church: Kiev Church Self-Rule Impossible Without Moscow Consent

May 26, 2018 Featured
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Sputniknews – 26/5/18 The global Orthodox community has been thrown into upheaval over the Ukrainian government’s initiative to create a “single local church” which would separate Ukraine’s largest Orthodox denomination from the Russian patriarchate. Speaking to Sputnik, Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Archpriest Nikolai Balashov explained what’s at stake. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced last month that […]

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On the brink of another Great Schism

May 19, 2018 Featured

Miodrag Lazarevic , Serbia – 19/5/17 In 1054 occurred the event which literally divided the world into Before and After. The Great Schism resulted in the separation of the Christianity into Roman Catholic Church with its center in Rome, and the Eastern Orthodox Church centered in Constantinople. The split that still finds no resolution is […]

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April 22, 2018 Featured – 22/4/18 POROSHENKO TO FORMALLY PETITION CONSTANTINOPLE TO CREATE AUTOCEPHALOUS UKRAINIAN CHURCH, WITH UNITED SUPPORT OF TWO SCHISMATIC BODIES The Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Rostislav Pavlenko has arrived in Turkey to personally hand President Petro Poroshenko’s appeal for a single, autocephalous Church in Ukraine to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, just […]

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Patriarchs of Constantinople and Georgia celebrate Episcopal-Enthronement Anniversary

December 28, 2017 Featured

OCP News Service – 28/12/17 The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople His All -Holiness Bartholomew (Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch) celebrated his 44th episcopal consecration anniversary on 25 December 2017. Read Bio here: Georgian Orthodox Church His Holiness Ilia II Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia celebrated his 40th enthronement anniversary on 25 December 2017. Read […]

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Historic St George Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Reopens after Renovation

November 23, 2017 Featured - Courtesy of N. Manginas

Prakash Varghese (Delegate of UAE, Gulf & Levant) – OCP News Service – 23/11/17 Istanbul- Turkey: St George Cathedral- the official seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch has reopened after the completion of restoration works. The cathedral is UNESCO world heritage site. His All Holiness Bartholomew – Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch presided over the […]

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St Vladimir’s Seminary Receives Grant to Teach ‘Lost Art’

November 15, 2017 News
(from left) Alumnus Sam Kim, Seminarian Dimitrios Nikiforos, Fr. Alexander Rentel, and Seminarian Dn. Daniel Greeson, at the Council of Crete 2016

SVOTS – 15/11/17 Many Orthodox Christians are familiar with decrees, proclamations, canons, and doctrines promulgated by the major Ecumenical Councils of the Church and other local synods. But they rarely wonder: “Who drafted the texts I’m reading? What method did the drafter use?” To answer those questions Archpriest Alexander Rentel, assistant professor of Canon Law […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch urges faithful to be vigilant and renew their lives in catechetical homily on the beginning of Great Lent

March 2, 2017 Featured
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – March 2017 CATECHETICAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE OPENING OF GREAT LENT + B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church May the Grace and Peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus […]

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25th Anniversary of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s Election as the Primate of the Great & Holy Church of Constantinople

October 23, 2016 Featured News

Prakash Varghese (Delegate of Gulf, Levat and the Middle East)- OCP News Service- 23/10/16 President Barack Obama offers tribute to His All-Holiness on the occasion of his 25th Anniversary of Election: +AXIOS, AXIOS, AXIOS+ In the month of October 2016, His All Holiness Bartholomew I marks the 25th anniversary of his election as the Archbishop of […]

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The 24th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios

August 9, 2016 Featured News

The Albanian Orthodox Church – August 2016 On Tuesday, August 2, on the day of the 24th anniversary of the enthronement of His Beatitude Anastasios as Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania, a festive Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Church of the Analipsi (Ascension) in Librazhdi. It was a very special celebration, because it […]

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July 21, 2016 Featured News 21/7/16 The situation of Christians in Turkey will deteriorate, since following the suppression of the revold there has been a growing tendency to further islamization of the country and entrenchment of the personal power of its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leading researcher of the Center for Religion and Society Studies of the Institute of […]

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Reception of His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch and of the Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches at the square of the Saint Titus Cathedral

June 20, 2016 Featured News

Kolymvari, Crete, Greece 18/6/16 Holy and Great Council Press Release His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches were warmly welcomed, this afternoon, by a large crowd of faithful, the representatives of the Greek government and the local authorities, as they arrived at the square of Saint Titus Cathedral […]

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Ukraine Hasn’t Asked its Orthodox Church to Split from Moscow – Archbishop

June 19, 2016 Featured News – 19/6/16 The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has not yet received a request from Ukraine’s parliament to grant the local branch of the Orthodox Church formal independence from Moscow, the Patriarchate’s representative told Sputnik. KOLYMVARI (Crete) (Sputnik) – Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has reportedly asked the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church to make the Ukrainian Church independent […]

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June 17, 2016 Featured News

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill – 17/6/16 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent a message to the Primates and representative of Local Orthodox Churches who have assembled in the Island of Crete. Below is the full text of the message. To His Holiness Bartholomew Archbishop of Constantinople – the New Rome and […]

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June 9, 2016 Featured News – June 2016 Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech explained to the site Dobrotolyubie (Philokalia) why the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has decided not to participate in the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Crete if it won’t be postponed. —Your Eminence, in these days after the decision of the Holy […]

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Encyclical from The Ecumenical Patriarch on the feast of the Nativity – 2015

December 23, 2015 Featured News

December-January 2015 By the mercy of God, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch: grace, mercy, and peace to all the fullness of the Church from Christ, the Saviour born in Bethlehem. Brethren and beloved children in the Lord, The sweetness of the Holy Night of Christmas once again envelops the world, and in the […]

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May 8, 2015 Featured News

May – June 2015 Visit the Halki Summit II website. His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is hosting the second Halki Summit on “Theology, Ecology, and the Word.” Co-sponsored by Southern New Hampshire University, the summit will be held on the island of Halki from June 8-10, 2015. Continuing the legacy established by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for […]

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Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Occasion of Earth Day

April 25, 2015 Featured News

April 2015 Once again, we have a special day instituted in our civil and political world – just as, in the church, we have established September 1st of every year – to recall our responsibility to maintain and sustain the beauty and diversity of the natural creation. Today, we are well aware of the data […]

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Statement on Water by the Ecumenical Patriarch

April 11, 2015 Featured News

  March-April 2015 By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew World Water Day, March 22, 2015 For fifteen years, we raised the awareness of religious and civil leaders, as well as of theologians and politicians, on the plight of our planet’s waters. While our concern and compassion for the natural environment commands protection and preservation of […]

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La Civiltà Cattolica publishes exclusive and extensive interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

April 6, 2015 Featured News

La Civiltà Cattolica 2015 II 3-16  |  3955 (April 4, 2015) Antonio Spadaro S.I. In an exclusive interview with La Civiltà Cattolica, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew answers questions on the Orthodox Church’s administrative structure and its relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, his own personal interactions with Pope Francis, the encounters between previous Popes […]

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