Peace and Peacemaking as an Interfaith and Ecumenical Vocation: An Orthodox View

In an increasingly complex and violent world, Christian churches have come to recognize, along with other communities of living faiths, that working for peace constitutes a primary expression of their responsibility for the life of the world. This responsibility is grounded on the essential goodness of all human beings and of all that God has created, continues to sustain, and is leading towards unity and a greater future. For Orthodoxy, peace is inextricably related to the notion of justice and freedom that God has granted to all human beings through Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit as a gift and vocation. Read More

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Archdiocese Joins Other Faith Organizations to Oppose Politicalization of Houses of Worship

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America joins with scores of other American religious organizations to ask the U.S. Congress not to weaken or eliminate protections that prohibit non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. To date, almost 100 national, regional and state religious and interfaith organizations have joined this effort. More »

President Nicos Anastasiades and Archbishop Demetrios of America talk about the Cyprus issue

The President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades visited His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America today, September 23, 2016. President Anastasiadis is in New York participating in the United Nations General Assembly. More »

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Commemoration of the Asia Minor Catastrophe (09/18/2016)

In recognition of this and many related tragic events of that era, I ask the parishes of our Holy Archdiocese to have special observances and memorial services on Sunday, September 18. Together, let us remember our forbearers who perished and commemorate the valor shown by those who survived. Let us honor the memory and sacrifice of those who suffered. As we are confronted by the crises in our contemporary world, let us find strength and guidance in our Orthodox faith, just as many did in those dark days, placing their hope for deliverance and salvation in Almighty God. More »

Archons Condemn Article Targeting His All-Holiness

The Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Aug. 29 condemned recent attempts to threaten the well being of Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew through the posting of fraudulent articles online under the name of Ambassador Arthur Hughes. Their statement said that Ambassador Hughes had nothing to do with their content and has been working with the Archons to remove such posts and inform others that they are not his work. More »

Praying for a President 

How should we as Orthodox Christians think about the political process which secures our liberties and is therefore in some sense sacred? More »

The Role of the Vote

I spoke recently to a man who lives in a condominium complex not far from our house. The buildings are two stories high, and when they were built elevators were not thought to be necessary. More »

Holy Eparchial Synod Issues Statement on tragic Events in North Africa and Middle East

The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, that convened for its regularly scheduled Spring meeting, Apr. 20-22, 2015, issued a statement regarding recent tragic events in North Africa and the Middle East. More »

Address of Vice President Joe Biden at the Grand Banquet of Clergy-Laity 2014

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the attendees of the Grand Banquet of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on June 9, 2014. More »

President Obama Issues Statement for Orthodox Christians Around the World

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the receipt of a very significant message and greeting from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the First Lady Michelle Obama, on the occasion of Orthodox Pascha (Easter). More »

Archbishop Demetrios Participated in the National Inaugural Prayer Service

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America participated today in the National Inaugural Prayer Service in the Capital’s National Cathedral with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Members of the U.S. Congress in attendance. More »

Archbishop Demetrios Offered Benediction at Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

The 57th Inaugural Ceremonies for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden was also a special occasion of honor and recognition for His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Church in America. More »

President Obama and Vice President Biden Invite Archbishop Demetrios to Participate in the National Inaugural Prayer Service

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden invited His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America to participate in the National Inaugural Prayer Service to be held the day after the inauguration, Tuesday Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the National Cathedral. More »

Archbishop Demetrios to Deliver Benediction at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has been invited to offer the benediction at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon following the Inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2013. More »

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses the European Parliament

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addresses the European Parliament. More »

Ecumenical Patriarchate Expresses Concern for Violence in the World

A Communique in Which the Ecumenical Patriarchate Expresses Concern for Violence in the World More »

Greek Independence Day Celebration at the White House

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden welcomed yesterday evening (Thursday, March 22, 2012) at the White House His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the Greek-American community for the Annual Greek Independence Day Celebration More »

Archbishop Demetrios Delivers Invocations at the N.Y. State Senate and the 2012 State of the State Address

Archbishop Demetrios of America delivered yesterday the invocation at the 2012 Opening Legislative Session of the New York State Senate and the Ceremony for the 2012 State of the State Address by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. More »

New York State Legislature Signs Letters Urging Religious Freedom in Turkey

All 62 members of the New York State Senate and 144 members of the New York State Assembly have endorsed the respective letters, urging the government of Turkey to allow greater freedom to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey and to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world. More »

Peace and Peacemaking as an Interfaith and Ecumenical Vocation: An Orthodox View

In an increasingly complex and violent world, Christian churches have come to recognize, along with other communities of living faiths, that working for peace constitutes a primary expression of their responsibility for the life of the world. This responsibility is grounded on the essential goodness of all human beings and of all that God has created, continues to sustain, and is leading towards unity and a greater future. For Orthodoxy, peace is inextricably related to the notion of justice and freedom that God has granted to all human beings through Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit as a gift and vocation. More »

The Power of God's Word

Fr. Andrew Demotses had a conversation with a priest who told him of his trips to Russia, before the fall of Communism. Every time that priest entered the world of official atheism, he was always asked one question. "Are you carrying any guns, addictive drugs or Bibles?" More »