• 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

  • International Orthodox Christian Charities Launches COVID-19 Program in US

    Orthodox Observer

    June 5, 2020

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has launched a new initiative under its 20-year-old US program, focusing on supporting communities across the country with IOCC Care Calls for emotional and spiritual care during the pandemic. Read More

  • OCAMPR Series on Mental Health and Orthodox Faith

    Assembly of Bishops

    June 3, 2020

    The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America has worked with OCAMPR through the Mental Health Task Force to develop a series on Mental Health and Orthodox Faith. This is a topic that many of our OCAMPR members have been engaging for years, but we have always been a minority voice in our Church and parishes. Now we are getting the word out as an effort to raise awareness, invite conversations, and facilitate teaching and learning about our Orthodox faith. Read More

  • Petition and Prayer from the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care

    GOA News Release

    June 1, 2020

    “Again we pray for all those that have fallen sick and are in extremity, and for the doctors and nurses and all those in the areas of health, who serve and minister to the sick, offering care and comfort; that the Lord our God will furthermore strengthen them, work through them and guide them in all things.” Read More

  • The Assembly of Bishops USA Announces a Nationwide COVID-19 Parish Reopening Toolkit

    Assembly of Bishops

    May 14, 2020

    On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA released a statement on the reopening of parishes during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic and launched a nationwide COVID-19 Parish Reopening Toolkit to assist bishops and parishes as they determine a legal and safe approach to reopening. Read More

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