• Patriarchal Encyclical For the Indiction

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    August 27, 2020

    It is a shared conviction that, in our time, the natural environment is threatened like never before in the history of humankind. The magnitude of this threat becomes manifest in the fact that what is at stake is not anymore the quality, but the preservation of life on our planet. For the first time in history, man is capable of destroying the conditions of life on earth. Read More

  • Assembly of Bishops Statement on the Tragic Explosions in Beirut

    Assembly of Bishops

    August 6, 2020

    We express our deep sorrow at the devastation created by the explosions in Beirut. We mourn for the people of Lebanon, who now face an additional challenge in this time of great crisis. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the official humanitarian Agency of the Assembly of Bishops, is helping alleviate the heartbreaking impact of this tragedy. After conducting rapid needs assessments, IOCC released $150,000 in emergency funding. Read More

  • The US Ambassador to Ankara visited the Holy Theological School of Halki

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    July 30, 2020

    The US Ambassador to Ankara, Mr. David Satterfield, visited today, Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Halki, where the historical Holy Theological School is located. Read More

  • Family Disaster Plan from IOCC

    GOARCH Affiliates and Organizations

    July 23, 2020

    Part of IOCC's work in the US is helping after disaster strikes, and just as important is helping communities prepare. That's why IOCC made a list of supplies and a communications template so your family can always have important information on hand. Read More

  • Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    July 8, 2020

    The Holy Eparchial Synod met today in an extraordinary video conference at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros with an exclusive objective to discuss the recent public debate on an official proposal to change the pension program of the Hierarchs. Read More

  • Are We Ready? Thoughts and Concerns Regarding the Future

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    July 8, 2020

    The novel coronavirus has brought an overwhelming strain on public health systems throughout the world, causing physical and emotional pain to millions. It has jolted the world’s economy, bringing on poverty and sparking a global hunger crisis. It has aroused untamable fear and paranoia, causing unprecedented political, social and religious contention, together with rioting, killings, and domestic violence. What overshadows all of this is the uncertainty of when it will all end. Read More

  • Communiqué from the Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    June 26, 2020

    In response to the question whether the Ecumenical Patriarchate “sanctioned” or not the use of multiple or disposable holy spoons for distributing the Holy Communion to the faithful, the Ecumenical Patriarchate repeats what was stated in the communiqué of the Chief Secretariat of the Sacred and Holy Synod, dated June 25, 2020. Read More


    Communiqué of the Holy Synod

    June 25, 2020

    Between​​ June 23 - 25 2020, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was convened for its regular meeting of the current month at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva. On the first day, the chairmen of the synodal committees were engaged in their cooperative work. Many of the Hierarchs of the Throne in Europe were present as well. Read More

  • Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Patron Saint of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to be Celebrated on June 11

    Ecumenical Patriarchate

    June 10, 2020

    New York - The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the celebratory festivities for the feast day of Saint Bartholomew, patron saint of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to be held on June 11, 2020. Read More

  • Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On World Oceans Day 2020

    Ecumenical Patriarchate News Release

    June 8, 2020

    On World Oceans Day 2020, we renew our call to the global community to work collectively in addressing the threats to our planet’s oceans, seas and rivers. Since 1995, we have initiated nine inter-religious and inter-disciplinary symposia throughout the world, assembling international scientists and environmentalists, politicians and economists, as well as activists and journalists to meet with religious leaders and theologians in order to address the plight of our world’s waterways and water. Read More

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