• The Ecumenical Throne and the Church of Ukraine

    Ecclesiastical Structure

    September 28, 2018

    In the context of the study undertaken by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the granting of the ecclesiastical status of autocephaly to Ukraine, various opinions have been formulated – even by representatives of official institutions – expressing misgiving about the canonical prerogative of the Church of Constantinople to proceed with such an act. Read More

  • Message of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Indiction and the Day of the Protection of the Environment (2018)

    Press Office

    August 30, 2018

    Twenty-nine years have now passed since the Mother Church established the Feast of Indiction as the “Day of Protection of the Environment.” Throughout this time, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has inspired and pioneered various activities, which have borne much fruit and highlighted the spiritual and ecological resources of our Orthodox tradition. Read More

  • Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2018

    Encyclical

    April 7, 2018

    The experience of Christ’s Resurrection, the all-saving victory of Life over Death, is the nucleus of faith, divine worship, ethos and culture of the Christ-loving orthodox people of God. The life of the Orthodox faithful, in all its manifestations and dimensions, is nurtured and nourished by faith in the Resurrection, and constitutes a daily Pascha. This paschal experience is not simply a remembrance of the Lord’s Resurrection but also a participation in our own renewal, and an unshakeable conviction about the eschatological perfection of all. Read More

  • Political Persecution Leads to the Closure of Christianity’s Holiest Site

    World News

    February 27, 2018

    The leaders of Jerusalem’s churches have today (02/26/2018) announced the unprecedented decision to close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher until further notice, in protest at persistent moves to intimidate Christians and discriminate against churches in the Holy Land. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which dates back to the fourth century, is considered to contain the sites of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, making it the holiest site in the world for Christians. Read More

  • Patriarchal Catechetical Homily on the occasion of the beginning of Great Lent 2018

    Homily

    February 15, 2018

    Ὕμνον εὐχαριστίας ἀναπέμπομεν εἰς τόν ἐν Τριάδι Θεόν, τόν ἀξιώσαντα ἡμᾶς νά φθάσωμεν καί πάλιν εἰς τήν Ἁγίαν καί Μεγάλην Τεσσαρακοστήν, διά νά ἀγωνισθῶμεν τόν καλόν ἀγῶνα τῆς ἀσκήσεως, διά νά στραφῶμεν εἰς τό «ἕν, οὗ ἐστι χρεία» (πρβλ. Λουκ. ι’, 42). Read More

  • Church of Cyprus (in Greek) - Hierarchal Concelebration and Bestowal of Medal to Archbishop Demetrios

    World News

    February 12, 2018

    Με λαμπρό πολυαρχιερατικό συλλείτουργο στο μεγαλοπρεπή Ιερό Ναό της του Θεού Σοφίας στη Λευκωσία εορτάστηκε η επίσκεψη του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αμερικής, σήμερα Κυριακή 11 Φεβρουαρίου 2018. Read More

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities Works to Improve Health Year Round

    Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

    January 31, 2018

    As many contemplate New Year’s resolutions to take better care of their health, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) continues its ongoing work to offer underserved communities and families worldwide the tools needed to do precisely that. Read More

  • Patriarchal Proclamation for Christmas 2017

    Encyclical

    December 23, 2017

    We welcome the “all-perfect God,” who “brought love into the world,” who becomes “closer to us than we to ourselves.” Through kenosis, the divine Word condescends to the created beings in “a condescension inexplicable and incomprehensible.” He “whom nothing can contain” is contained in the womb of the Virgin; the greatest exists in the least. This great chapter of our faith, of how the transcendent God “became human for humankind,” while remaining an “inexpressible” mystery. “The great mystery of divine Incarnation ever remains a mystery.” Read More

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