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Modern Slavery – A Joint Declaration by the Ecumenical Patriarch & Archbishop of Canterbury

February 13, 2017 Featured
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The Ecumenical Patriarchate – February 2017 Read: COMMUNIQUÉ: Forum on Modern Slavery Held at the Phanar We, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, and Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England, co-sponsored a special international Forum on Modern Slavery titled “Sins Before Our Eyes” at the Phanar from February 6-7, 2017. […]

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His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: The Patriarch of Solidarity

January 26, 2017 Featured News
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Interviews with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew By Marianne Ejdersten* (Courtesy of the World Council of Churches) He earned the title “Green Patriarch” as a religious leader addressing alarming environmental issues over at least two decades. In 2008, Time Magazine named His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as one of 100 Most Influential People in the World, for […]

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FINAL DECISION OF CHURCH OF GEORGIA ON THE COUNCIL OF CRETE (SUMMARY)

January 2, 2017 Featured News
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Orthodox Ethos – Pravoslavie.ru – 2/1/17 The Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia has met and discussed the “Council of Crete.” We are now in possession of a summary* of the Decision which the Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia issued at its recent meeting regarding the Cretan gathering. It was initially reported that the […]

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Communique: Any clarification regarding faith must be made in ecclesial communion, not in disunion

December 23, 2016 Featured News
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – 22/12/2016 Please find below the position of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church about recent evolutions in Romania regarding reception of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (Crete, 2016): Decisions of the Holy Synod regarding Church life During the working session of the Holy […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch calls in Christmas message for respecting rights and integrity of children

December 22, 2016 Featured News
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – 22/11/16 His Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, called the world in his Christmas message to respect the rights and integrity of children. In his message, the Ecumenical Patriarch says that the Gospel of the Nativity of the Lord, though representing a great joy […]

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METROPOLITAN JEREMIAH OF GORTYNOS: “WE SHOULD NOT RUSH TO RECOGNIZE THE RESULTS OF THE CRETE COUNCIL. WE NEED A NEW DISCUSSION OF THE ‘RELATIONSHIP OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH WITH THE REST OF THE CHRISTIAN WORLD’ DOCUMENT”

December 15, 2016 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 15/12/16 The hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church has commented on the results of the Crete Council and criticized the document “Relationship of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.” The main points of his statement are published here: 1. “The Crete Council should have clarified the situation (to protect […]

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Orthodox Christian Laity Completes 29th Annual Meeting; Prepares to Celebrate 30 years of service to the Orthodox Christian Church in 2017; Welcomes Metropolitan Isaiah on its Advisory Board

December 10, 2016 Featured News

Orthodox Christian Laity – November – December 2016 After clicking on the first photo of the gallery above, click on the play button and the “i” on the right hand side under the photo to show information about each photo. For 30 years, OCL has been  promoting unity, transparency, accountability and lay involvement in Church life […]

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Conclusions of the Holy Synod regarding the proceedings and the decisions of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (Crete, 16-26 June 2016)

November 3, 2016 Featured News
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – 3/11/16 After the discussions carried during the working session of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, chaired Saturday, 29 October 2016, by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, the Synodal Fathers formulated and expressed the following conclusions related to the proceedings and the decisions of the Holy and Great […]

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Patriarchal Proclamation on the 25th Anniversary of His All-Holiness’ Election to the Ecumenical Throne

October 31, 2016 Featured News
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GOARCH – 31/10/16 MESSAGE OF HIS ALL-HOLINESS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW To the Plenitude of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Worldwide On the 25th Anniversary of His Election to the Ecumenical Throne We offer praise and glory to the Triune God, who deemed us worthy to reach the twenty-fifth anniversary since the day when, by the mandate of […]

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“Bartholomew: Apostle and Visionary” – First Complete Biography of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

October 22, 2016 Featured News
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The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – October 2016 NEW YORK – The first complete biography on His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, titled “Bartholomew: Apostle and Visionary,” authored by Fr. John Chryssavgis and published by Thomas Nelson Publishing has just been released, in time for the 25th Anniversary of His All-Holiness’ elevation to the venerable […]

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Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos on the Delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate at the Council of Crete: Well Prepared and Firm on Stand

August 23, 2016 Featured News
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Iulian Dumitrascu – Basilica News Agency – August 2016 The website cuvantul-ortodox.ro has recently published the translation of a letter signed by His Eminence Hierotheos Vlachos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos and Agios Vlasios, on the position and performance of the delegation of the Romanian Orthodox Church at the Holy and Great Council of Crete. We render below […]

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METROPOLITAN KALLISTOS REFLECTS ON ORTHODOX COUNCIL

August 1, 2016 Featured News
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Orthodox Christian Laity – 1/8/16 Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), Michael Heinlein Gathering Orthodox hierarchs from around the world, the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church wrapped-up on the Greek island of Crete on June 26. In the works for over a century, the event was historic to say the least. But what did it accomplish? […]

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Message of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to the Orthodox People and to all People of Good will

July 21, 2016 Featured News
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Church of Serbia – July 2016 To God, “the Father of mercies and all comfort,” we address a hymn of thanksgiving and praise for having enabled us to gather during the week of Pentecost (18-26 June 2016) on Crete, where the Apostle Paul and his disciple Titus preached the Gospel in the early years of […]

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METROPOLITAN HIEROTHEOS OF NAFPAKTOS: “THE COUNCIL IN CRETE CANNOT IMPOSE ITS DECISIONS ON OTHERS”

July 19, 2016 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 19/7/16 One of the participants of the Orthodox Church council held in June in Crete, the famous theologian and Church writer Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos, has issued a twenty-page report in which he comments on the circumstances surrounding “the Holy and Great Council.” Specifically, the metropolitan has explained why he refused to sign […]

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Patriarch Of Romania: “The Young People Are The Active And Creative Present Of The Church”

July 18, 2016 Featured News
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Gheorghe Anghel – Basilica News Agency – July 2016 More Than 2000 Young People Expected To Participate In The International Orthodox Youth Meeting In Bucharest: On 6 July 2016, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania met, at Patriarch Justinian Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest, the 190 priests of the Metropolitanate of Muntenia and Dobrudgea who […]

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HOLY SYNOD OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH EXPRESSES ITS POSITION ON THE COUNCIL HELD IN CRETE

July 18, 2016 Featured News
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Moscow Patriarchate – July 2016 The participants in the session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, held under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on 15 July 2016, considered the Council of the Primates and hierarchs of ten Local Orthodox Churches, which took place from June […]

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METROPOLITAN JEREMIAH OF GORTYS: “WHEN AND WHERE DID THE HOLY FATHERS CALL HERESIES AND SCHISMS ‘CHURCHES?’”

July 6, 2016 Featured News
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agionoros.ru – 5/7/16 “How could it happen that the Holy and Great Council on Crete called heterodox heretical communities ‘Churches?’” His Grace asked. “They said, wrote, and signed the term ‘heterodox Christian Churches.’ So now heretics have become a ‘Church?’ Then what oneChurch do we talk about in the Symbol of Faith?” Met. Jeremiah noted that […]

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KYIV PATRIARCHATE ISSUED A STATEMENT REGARDING THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

July 5, 2016 Featured News
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www.risu.org.ua – July 2016 Message of the press center of Kyiv Patriarchate From June 16 to 26, 2016, the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church convened on the Greek island of Crete, chaired by His All-Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch. This Council was held subsequent to decisions of the Synaxis (assembly) of the heads of […]

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METROPOLITAN ATHANASIUS OF LIMASSOL: MY CONSCIENCE WOULD NOT ALLOW ME TO SIGN

July 3, 2016 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – July 2016 Metropolitan Athanasius of Limassol has officially confirmed that during the time of the meeting on Crete he did not sign the document adopted by it: “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.” It was precisely this document that caused the most acute controversy both before and during […]

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SEVEN METROPOLITANS WITHHELD SIGNATURES FROM PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL DOCUMENTS

June 29, 2016 Featured News
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www.pravoslavie.ru – June 2016 Greek media is reporting that at least two documents put forth by the recently concluded Pan-Orthodox Council on Crete were not signed by all delegates. While the names of all delegate bishops from each of the ten represented Local Churches were added to each document by the Secretariat of the Holy and […]

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Orthodox Church Condemns Middle East Hostility, Desecration of Monuments

June 27, 2016 Featured News
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  www.sputniknews.com  – 27/6/16 Orthodox Church strongly condemned Middle East hostilities. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Orthodox Church has condemned hostilities in the Middle East, urged to stop expulsion of people and destruction of christian monuments, the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church said in a message released on Sunday. “The Orthodox Church unequivocally condemns the extension of military violence, the expulsion and murder of members […]

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