Palm Sunday at the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Anthioch and All East - 14/4/14 His Beatitude, John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, presided over the Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday in the Mariamite Cathedral in Damascus. His Grace Bishop Efraim (Malouli), priests and deacons participated in the liturgy. A large congregation of the faithful filled the Cathedral. At ...

Damascus bishops congratulate Muslims on Ramadan

11/7/13 Damascus, (SANA) - Bishops of Damascus congratulated Muslims in Syria and worldwide on the arrival of the holy Month of Ramadan, wishing them many happy returns. In a statement on Wednesday, the bishops said that ''At the beginning of this holy month, we'd like to emphasize the long mutual history with our Muslim brothers in all ...

The Romanian Patriarchate expresses solidarity with the Patriarchate of Antioch

10/6/13 While noticing that - from April 22, 2013, when His Eminence Metropolitan PAUL of Aleppo and Alexandretta, from the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, and His Eminence Metropolitan GREGORIOS YOHANNA IBRAHIM of Aleppo, from the Syrian Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, were kidnapped while spiritually assisting the Arabic Christian community ...

Orthodox Church in Syria provides aid to conflict victims

13/3/13 The Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development (DERD) of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East has delivered around 75,000 humanitarian aid kits to an estimated 280,045 individuals in Syria amidst its on-going conflict. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East is a member church of the World Council of ...

Holy Land: Christian leaders support Palestine’s membership of UN

20/1/2012 A hundred Christian community leaders in the Holy Land haved signed the following letter to European countries, calling for support for Palestine’s membership in the United Nations. Palestine, the Holy Land is our homeland. Our roots here stretch for centuries. We, Palestinian Christians are the descendents of the first Christians. We are also an organic ...

World’s most revered church seeks international backing in $2.3mln water bill standoff

12/11/2012 Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre called on world leaders to help end what it calls an existentially “aggressive move” – Jerusalem’s water supply company has demanded it pay an overdue $2.3 million water bill. The Christian denominations that jointly manage the church, including the Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian, have begun a campaign to win support ...

Church of Holy Sepulchre bank account frozen over £1.5m water bill

Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem 3/11/2012 Standoff over unpaid water bill could result in closure of revered church believed to be site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial. One of the most venerated sites in the Christian faith, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected, is facing a financial crisis over ...

Orthodox Churches reflect on WCC Assembly theme

20/1/0/2012 Orthodox churches have reaffirmed their commitment to "unity, justice and peace" saying that the "supreme act of God's love is the economy of salvation". This and other theological reflections were shared in an inter-Orthodox consultation in Kos, Greece, this week. The consultation took place from 11 to 17 October 2012. It brought together representatives of Eastern ...

Pilgrimage Rights of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

By Areti Kotseli 16/4/2012 The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, known as the Church of the Resurrection, has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century. There are three major rights of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate over the pilgrimage area. The first one is the key of the inside gate of the Church of the Holy ...

Istanbul: Historic Greek Orphanage to Become Environmental Center Under Patriarch Bartholomew I

By Areti Kotseli 10/4/2012 The Büyükada Greek Orphanage of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is set to become an international environmental foundation, according to a recent article of the Turkish newspaper todayszaman.com. A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in June 2010 stated that the Turkish government should re-register the historic Orthodox orphanage on Büyükada to the ...

President of New Democracy Party Meets Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem

14/12/2011 On Tuesday, the President of the Greek Political Party New Democracy, Antonis Samaras, currently visiting Israel, was received by Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem. During his meeting with Patriarch Theophilos, Antonis Samaras underlined the support of Greece to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Subsequently, Antonis Samaras visited the Church of the Resurrection, where he paid homage to ...

Turkey’s Red Crescent Assists Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

By Apostolos Papapostolou 12/4/2011 Turkish Red Crescent extended on Tuesday 8 tons of food stuffs, as well as stationary and office supplies and toys to children at the nursery of the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, as Anatolia news agency reports. Tekin Kucukali, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent, said pain had no language, religion or sect while ...

‘Erdoğan saved future of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate’

11/4/2011 The spokesperson of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Father Dositheos Anağnostopulos, has said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saved the future of the patriarchate by offering Turkish citizenship to a number of archbishops in 2009. In an interview with the Star daily, Anağnos-topulos said there were 12 archbishops on the patriarchate's Spiritual Board at the ...

‘Gov’t seeking delicate balance in regards to patriarch’s rights’

EMİNE KART, ANKARA 19/1/2011 Voicing determination to expand the rights and freedoms of non-Muslim communities in Turkey, including Orthodox Christians, a senior Cabinet minister has made it clear that such willingness does not mean Ankara recognizes the legal personality of the İstanbul-based Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. “The institution represented by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew does not have a ...

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate gears up to ask Ankara for return of more Properties

2/12/2010 As the return of the Büyükada Orphanage to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate was completed this week, the patriarchate's attorneys have begun a similar process for the return of other buildings that belong to foundations of Turkey's Greek minority. The title deed for the orphanage was delivered on Monday. Cem Sofuoğlu, an attorney representing the Greek ...

Croatian archdiocese gives cherished relic to Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

13/10/2010 The Archdiocese of Zadar, Croatia, has handed over a relic of St. Simeon to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in an ecumenical gesture that the Orthodox Archbishop Theofylactus said should be “inscripted in the history of the Church in Jerusalem with golden letters.” The mummified body of St. Simeon—who held the infant Jesus in the ...