Turkey uncovers alleged plot to kill Orthodox Patriarch

Reuters - 10/5/13 ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is investigating an alleged plot to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, and has stepped up security around the patriarchate in Istanbul, his spokesman said on Friday. Spokesman Dositheos Anagnostopoulos said the patriarch had not received any direct threats but had learned of the alleged plot from Turkish media, which was later confirmed to ...

Foreign Policy American magazine includes Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew among 500 Most Influential Worldwide

New York, NY 5/2/2013 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of 300 million  Orthodox Christians world-wide, has been included on the list of the world’s 500  most influential figures, according to Foreign Policy American  magazine, widely known for diplomacy and international relations issues. This year, in its 200th issue, Foreign Policy published a 500  List of public figures ...

LIVE BROADCAST FROM IMVROS: His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Imvros for Pascha–for the first time in 22 years

Imvros, Turkey 5/1/2013 For the first time in 22 years, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will not preside over Holy Week and Pascha services at the Patriarchal Church of St. George at the Phanar. Instead, he will be on his native island of Imvros, where he will preside over services in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Imvros ...

Pancyprian Gymnasium Awards Bartholomew

 Maria Arkouli - 18/4/13 The Pancyprian Gymnasium of Nicosia, the oldest secondary school of Cyprus, a school with a history of 200 years, visited Istanbul and made a pilgrimage to the Phanar. The director, Solon Charalambus, the Bishop of Paphos Georgios, the teachers and the students visited the Church of St. George and met with the Ecumenical Patriarch ...

2013 Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the beginning of Great Lent

+ B A R T H O L O M E W By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch 21/3/13 To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace be with you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the Lord, The ...

PM Samaras Meets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

4/3/13 Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had a private meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on March 4.  It is the first time that Samaras has visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was welcomed at the entrance of the Patriarchate by Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallipolis and Madytos, Archimandrite Bartholomew Samaras, Chief Secretary of the ...

Orthodox patriarch opposes plan to make Hagia Sophia a mosque

22/2/13 Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership ...

Orthodox church leaders leaving Georgia

TBILISI, DFWatch — 14/1/13 Clerics from different Orthodox countries will leave today, Monday. The guests arrived five days ago in order to congratulate Georgian Patriarch Ilia II with his 80th birthday and 35th year since his inauguration. Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is among the guests. Also among the guests were the Serbian Patriarch, Metropolitan of ...

Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Visits Georgia

The spiritual leader of the world

Civil Georgia, Tbilisi -12/1/13 Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I visits Tbilisi on the occasion of 80th birthday of the Georgian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Ilia II, and of 35th anniversary of the Georgian Patriarch's enthronement. Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej and interim leader of Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Cyril of Varna and Veliki Preslav are also ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Prays for Maxim, Bulgaria

  30/11/2012 Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev met Christian Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul Thursday. "We prayed for the soul of the late Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim. We prayed for the Bulgarian people and Church, and for the swift election of a new patriarch," said Bartholomew after the meeting. "The Bulgarian Orthodox Church is the first spiritual sister of the ConstantinoplePatriarchy and has always been deep in our hearts," added ...

Statement on Religious Tolerance and Violence

October 1/2012 Ecumenical Patriarchate 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 ...

Patriarch visits church in Alanya

ALANYA - Anatolia News Agency 19/7/2012 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew has visited Hıdırellez Church at the Alanya Tower July 17, and also met with Alanya Mayor Hasan Sipahioğlu. Representatives of the patriarchate also gathered information about the Alanya area and the churches in the district. As Patriarch Bartholomew left the church, Anjelika Anzhela, a representative of Alanya’s Russian speaking ...

Maloney Meets With Patriarch Bartholomew I

Congressmember Carolyn Maloney met last week with His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople.

6/6/2012 Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, met last week with His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, a major leader of the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith who serves as Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, as she was attending an international conference in Istanbul, Turkey jointly hosted by ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Wishes For Formation of ‘Viable Government’

By Areti Kotseli 7/5/2012 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wished Greece to succeed in electing a “viable government” so that the country “comes out of the crisis.” After the Divine Liturgy he held at St. George church close to the Adrianopoles Gate (Edirnekapou) yesterday, he addressed his audience saying, “We wish a viable and stable government be formed (in ...

President Ivanov meets Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul

President Ivanov of Macedonia

11/4/2012 MIA We all need to go back to the source of faith and respect of spiritual values in order to cope better with the challenges of today, striving towards unity and togetherness, agreed President Gjorge Ivanov and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at Tuesday's meeting in Istanbul-based Constantinople Patriarchate. We all need to go back to the source of ...

Patriarch Bartholomew praises Gülen’s dialogue efforts

Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I takes part in the 4th World Policy Conference in Vienna on Dec. 10, 2011. (Photo: EPA)

TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 11/4/2012 Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has praised well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen for his efforts to build intercultural dialogue in Turkey and the world in an interview he gave to a US daily. “He builds bridges, and religion should build bridges,” said the patriarch. “This is why we need the dialogues. Not to ...

The Chicago Tribune reports on ‘With faith and hope, Turkey builds a new identity’

Istanbul, Turkey 4/11/2012 The Chicago Tribune's John Kass reported on 'With faith and hope, Turkey builds a new identity'. The article can be found on the website of the Chicago Tribune and includes, 'A video with Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul'. he kind and gracious man has many visitors waiting and piles of paperwork on his desk that ...

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 ...

Ecumenical Patriarch makes history in Turkish Parliament

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, (L) spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Communion arrive to speak to the members of a parliamentary subcommittee seeking an all party consensus for a new constitution in Ankara, on February 20, 2012.

22/2/2012 Göksel Bozkurtgöksel.bozkurt@hurriyet.com.tr ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Syriac Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation head Kuryakos Ergün speak at Turkish Parliament, demanding equal treatment and rights for Turkey’s non-muslim communities. Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew made a landmark presentation at Parliament’s constitution-making commission yesterday, demanding equal treatment for non-Muslim minorities, including an equal share of public ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Address Turkish Parliament

Stella Tsolakidou 15/2/2012 Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will address the Turkish Parliament on February 20, presenting the problems of Turkey’s minorities for the first time since the creation of the Turkish Republic. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch will discuss the minorities’ views on the new Turkish constitution, while he will also refer to matters such as the ...

Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Abkhazia canonical territory of Georgian Apostolic Orthodox Church

15/02/2012 Ecumenical Patriarchate and Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew support the territorial integrity of Georgia and recognize Abkhazia as canonical territory of the Georgian Apostolic Orthodox Church. Journalists were told about this in the Patriarchate of Georgia after the visit of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Tbilisi. This position was voiced by the delegation at a ...