Purpose of the Meeting Between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem

May 2014 "The forthcoming meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in Jerusalem this coming May is expected to be a strong symbolic confirmation of the commitment and determination to continue the path which the two great Church leaders inaugurated half a century ago." On Sunday, May 25. 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will ...

Keynote Address By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At The International Youth Forum

(May 2, 2014) Beloved youth leaders and representatives, Christ is risen! “How happy human beings are when they are truly human.” (Maiandros) The love of the risen Christ has today assembled us in Constantinople, the sacred see of the Mother Church, during this joyous paschal period when Orthodox Christians, as happy human beings, “celebrate the eternal ...

Ecumenical Patriarch criticizes nationalist tendencies within Eastern Orthodoxy

April 2014 “Whenever an Orthodox church succumbs to nationalist rhetoric and lends support to racial tendencies, it loses sight of the authentic theological principles and gives in to a fallen mindset, totally alien to the core of Orthodoxy” In an address delivered in the Netherlands, Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor within ...

Ecumenical Patriarch addressed Ukrainians on Palm Sunday

14/4/14 Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on Palm Sunday issued a special address  of support to "the Devout Ukrainian People". “The Holy Mother and Great Church of Christ of Constantinople regards the  Ukrainian nation and people as Her precious sons and daughters, born from the  baptismal waters that flowed through the banks of the Dnepr River”, read the ...

Address by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Synaxis of First-Hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches

(Phanar, March 6, 2014) (Phanar, March 6, 2014) Your Beatitudes and most venerable Brothers in Christ, First-Hierarchs of the Most Holy Orthodox Churches, and honorable members of your entourages, Welcome to the courtyard of our Church, the martyric and historical Ecumenical Patriarchate, this humble servant of unity in Christ for us all. From the depths of our heart, we thank ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visits Hungary

March 2014 On Sunday, March 2, 2014, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew traveled to Hungary for a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. His All-Holiness was warmly received by Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, Minister of State for Church and Minority and Non-governmental Relations, György Hölvényi, Greek Ambassador Dimitris Giannakakis, Turkish ...

Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Tragic Situation in Ukraine

21/2/14 (February 20, 2014) Beloved children and friends in Ukraine and abroad, It is with heavy heart that we have been following the ongoing and, indeed, only escalating tragic circumstances in Ukraine over the last weeks. We feel that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are our own flesh and blood. “We endure the same sufferings that you suffer and we ...

Dialogue and peace – the speech by Patriarch Bartholomew at the 17th Eurasian Economic Summit

Patriarch Bartholomew ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 9/2/14 It is once again an honor to address the Eurasian Economic Summit, which is organized each year by the esteemed Marmara Group and is today considering the topic of “Culture and Ecological Dialogue.” Centuries ago, a Christian mystic declared: “Acquire inward peace, and thousands around you will find their peace.” ...

Heads Of All Canonical Orthodox Churches To Meet In Constantinople

29/1/14 Patriarch Bartholomew has invited the heads of all canonical Orthodox Churches to a meeting in Constantinople (Istanbul) on March 9 2014, for the planning of the organization of Pan-Orthodox Council for the next year. As said by the Patriarchate of Constantinople, the meeting should be a serious effort toward the unity of the Christian world and ...

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Ecumenical Patriarch

11/1/14 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will travel to Istanbul on Monday 13 January 2014 to visit Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. As Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome, the Ecumenical Patriarch is primus inter pares (first among equals) in the Eastern Orthodox communion. Responding warmly to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s invitation to visit, Archbishop Justin noted the important contributions ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to be honored by Boğaziçi University, Dec. 19

Istanbul, Turkey 12/13/2013 The Hurriyet Daily News recently reported that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will receive an honorary doctorate by Istanbul's Boğaziçi University (formerly Robert College) on Decmeber 19 for his efforts on environmentalism. This is the first time any Turkish university is bestowing such an honor.  The Award comes on the occasion of Boğaziçi ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Visits Austria

Ioanna Zikakou - November 2013 “The joyous anniversary of the Austrian Metropolis’ fifty years of life and offer, is a milestone in the Church’s course and a great event for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople,” said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, speaking during the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Metropolis founding. The event took place in ...

Event to remember: Edict of Milan anniversary marked 15,000 people

Kurir- 8/10/13 NIS – By awarding the Order of St. Emperor Constantine in Nis, in front of about 15,000 people, the central ceremony marking 1,700 years since the Edict of Milan was over. The manifestation was held in the temple of the Holy Emperor Constantine and Empress Helena, where the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that the ...

Meeting of Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill

On October 6 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met yesterday in Podgorica. The Primates of two Churches are in Podgorica on the occasion of the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of God in Podgorica Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill discussed about issues ...

Orthodox Leader Urges End to ‘Persecution’ of Christians, Especially in Mideast

Naharnet Newsdesk  - 8/10/13 The spiritual leader of the Orthodox Church called Sunday for an end to the persecution of Christians, especially in the Middle East. "Have we not been persecuted these days, our Christians in Syria, Egypt... and the Middle East, just for spreading God's words?" asked Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. "They cherish everyone while being persecuted by ...

Belgrade: Final part of Edict of Milan celebrations begins

/ 6/10/13 BELGRADE – The final part of the celebrations of 17 centuries since the Edict of Milan began Saturday at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade, where Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej officially greeted a delegation of representatives of Orthodox Churches led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch of Moscow and ...

Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I slams legal recognition of gay couples

Andrew Potts – 14/9/13 The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople says Orthodox Church will never accept gay relationships in warning Estonia about going down the path of recognizing same-sex relationships. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, has slammed the recognition of same-sex relationships during a visit to Estonia. The Patriarch made the comments in a statement to ...

Patriarch Bartholomew Meets With President of Estonia

Christina Flora - 8/9/13 Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew had a meeting with the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves. His All-Holiness is paying an official visit to Estonia where he also met with the President of the Parliament Ene Ergma, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, according to an announcement released ...

Ecumenical Patriarch expresses support to Cyprus

June 2013 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed his unwavering support to Cyprus, wishing that the country will soon overcome the financial difficulties it is currently facing. According to an official press release, Bartholomew met with Cyprus Ambassador in Bratislava Marios Kountourides, during an official visit he paid to Slovakia. The meeting took place after an invitation extended by the ...

Ecumenical Patriarchate hosts International Conference on Edict of Milan

Istanbul, Turkey 5/21/2013 Religious Freedom Today -- Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan: 1700 years later On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Ecumenical Patriarchate honored the 1700th anniversary of Emperor Constantine the Great's "Edict of Milan" by hosting an international and interfaith one-day seminar in collaboration with the Council of European Episcopal Churches at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, ...

Patriarch Bartholomew: God and state will protect me

World Bulletin/News Desk - 13/5/13 Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I said that he is not concerned over assassination claims as he believes God and his state will protect him. Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, commenting on a recently uncovered alleged plot to assassinate him, has said that he is not concerned over assassination claims as he believes ...