Ecumenical Patriarch To Visit Archdiocese, Metropolis Of New Jersey And Metropolitan Museum Byzantine Exhibition During Visit To United States

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, will make his fifth visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America from March 13-19.
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His All Holiness Bartholomew Celebrates Divine Liturgy at St. John Cathedral

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, arrived in New Jersey on Saturday, March 13 to begin his fifth visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and first official pastoral visit to the Metropolis of New Jersey.
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Hundreds of School Children Welcome Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to St. Nicholas Church in Flushing

Hundreds of children from several greater New York Greek Orthodox Parochial schools warmly and enthusiastically welcomed His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, to St. Nicholas Church in Flushing, NY on Wednesday, March 17.
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Ecumenical Patriarch Completes Seven Day Visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with Lecture on Byzantine Icons at Metropolitan Museum

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, will return to Istanbul, Turkey today following a seven day visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
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Byzantine Icons: A Legacy of Humanism

His All Holiness Bartholomew Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch lectures on the subject of "Byzantine Icons: A Legacy of Humanism" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 18, 2004.
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Byzantium: Faith and Power

The Byzantine period (1261-1557) is not considered to be one of the shiniest, according to worldly evaluations. It is thought of, though, as one of the most productive and creative as far as spiritual [and thus cultural] accomplishments are concerned.
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Speech Of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew During His Visit To Sights And Sounds (March 13, 2004)

The potential of the human being is truly tremendous. The Holy Scriptures present this very vividly by saying that God created the human being in His image and likeness. When we talk about the image of God, though, we do not refer to any form or shape that God does not have in one way or another, but to a being that is endowed with many capabilities, similar to those belonging to God.
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Speech Of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At The Patriarchal Divine Liturgy At The Cathedral Of Saint John The Theologian (March 14, 2004)

The Holy Gospel according to the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark reminded us of the Lord’s words: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Here, we see a clear invitation and challenge, an invitation that encourages free choice. Notice the words: “If any want.” No one is forced to follow Christ. Free will is respected by God, and it should be equally respected by people. Suppression of will, coercion, blackmail, even when it is employed for a good end, are morally unacceptable. Christ invites the willing ones, by free choice, to follow Him. Once we choose to follow Christ, though, we ought to keep in mind that the Christian life cannot be conceived without the Cross: “deny yourself, and take up your cross and follow me.”
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