Halki Summit V Underway in Constantinople

Yesterday, June 8, marked the start of the fifth Halki Summit conference in Constantinople. This year’s theme is “Sustaining the Future of the Planet Together: the Prophetic Ministry of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,” and is sponsored in part by generous grants from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the CR Florence Foundation. Read More

June 9, 2022

Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2022

Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2022

Having run the race of ascetic struggles during Holy and Great Lent and experienced with compunction the venerable Passion of the Lord, we are now filled with the eternal light of His splendid Resurrection, wherefore we praise and glorify His transcendent name, exclaiming the joyfully message to the whole world: “Christ is Risen!” Read More

April 20, 2022

Patriarchal Catechetical Homily at the Opening of Holy and Great Lent

Patriarchal Catechetical Homily at the Opening of Holy and Great Lent

The veneration of the Cross in the middle of Holy and Great Lent reveals the meaning of this whole period. The word of our Lord echoes strikingly: “Whoever desires to follow me … let them lift their cross each day and follow me” (Lk 9.23). We are called to lift our own cross, following the Lord and beholding His life-giving Cross, with the awareness that the Lord is the one that saves and not the lifting of our cross. Read More

March 4, 2022

The Ecumenical Patriarch Condemns the Unprovoked Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Expresses His solidarity to the Suffering Ukrainian People

The Ecumenical Patriarch Condemns the Unprovoked Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Expresses His solidarity to the Suffering Ukrainian People

Shocked by the invasion of the armed forces of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine this morning, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew telephoned His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanios, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, expressing his deep sorrow at this blatant violation of any notion of international law and legality, as well as his support to the Ukrainian people struggling “for God and country” and to the families of innocent victims. Read More

February 24, 2022

Letter of protest from the Ecumenical Patriarch to the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey for the sacrilege of Soumela Monastery

Letter of protest from the Ecumenical Patriarch to the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey for the sacrilege of Soumela Monastery

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent a letter of protest to His Excellency Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Republic, regarding the sacrilege of the Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of Panaghia Soumela of Trabzon... Read More

February 8, 2022

Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas

Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas

Having once again arrived at the splendid feast of the Nativity in the flesh of our Savior Christ, who visited us from the heights, we glorify with psalms and hymns His all-heavenly name. The Incarnation of the pre-eternal Word of God is “the crowning of our salvation,” the “eternal mystery” of divine-human communion that transcends all reason. As St. Maximus the Confessor says so eloquently, “as a loving God, He truly became human assuming the essence of humankind, although the manner in which He became human will always remain ineffable; He became human in a manner that transcends humanity.” [1] Read More

December 21, 2021

Announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

It is announced that the scheduled visit of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States of America will take place from October 23 to November 3, within the framework of health and safety measures due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Read More

September 16, 2021

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Signs Joint Environmental Statement with Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby of Canterbury

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Signs Joint Environmental Statement with Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby of Canterbury

For the first time, the leaders of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation. Read More

September 7, 2021

Indiction and Synaxis at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Indiction and Synaxis at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On September 1, 2021, Heirarchs from around the world gathered at the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Divine Liturgy celebrating the Indiction and the Ecclesiastical New Year as well as the Synaxis of the Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne. Read More

September 2, 2021

Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Indiction and First Day of the Ecclesiastical Year and the Day of Environmental Protection, 2021

Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Indiction and First Day of the Ecclesiastical Year and the Day of Environmental Protection, 2021

The Feast of the Indiction, the solemn day of prayers for the natural environment, finds once again humanity confronted with intense weather conditions due to mounting climate change, with devastating floods and fires across the globe, as well as with the Coronavirus pandemic and its socioeconomic consequences. Read More

August 30, 2021

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Photo Spotlight: EP Visit 2021

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew made his official visit to the United States from October 23-November 3, 2021. Learn more about his visit in the following pages