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Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos: Questions about the documents of the Pan Orthodox Synod to the Holy Synod of Greece

SACRED METROPOLIS OF NAFPAKTOS AND SAINT VLASIOS Nafpaktos, February 17, 2016 To: The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Church of Greece Ioannou Gennadiou 14 115 21 Athens Your Beatitude, President of the Synod, The Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches (March 6-9, 2014) decided to set up a Special Inter-Orthodox Commission, consisting of one bishop and one ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Contsantinople: Lenten Encyclical 2016

CATECHETICAL HOMILY ON THE OCCASION OF HOLY AND GREAT LENT   † B A R T H O L O M E W  By the Mercy of God, Archbishop of Constantinople, New-Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch; To the Plenitude of the Church,  Grace and Peace  from Our Saviour Christ,  together with our prayer, blessing and forgiveness. Beloved and blessed brethren and children in ... Read More »

Professor Demetrios Tselengides critiques the Organization and Working Procedure of the upcoming Pan-Orthodox Synod

Having written a previous letter critiquing the the up-coming Pan Orthodox Synod, Professor Demetrios Tselengides has written a new letter addressed to the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. As professor of the School of Theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dr Tselengides stresses and highlights the problematic parts of the “Organization and Working Procedure of the Holy and Great Council,” as well as ... Read More »

Fr Theodore Zisis on the Upcoming Great Pan-Orthodox Synod

Fr. Theodoros Zisis is Emeritus Professor of Patrology and former Chair of the Department of Pastoral and Social Theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In the video below Fr. Theodore, known as a staunch defender of traditional, patristic Orthodoxy, offers his thoughts on the upcoming Great and Holy Council, the decades of preparatory councils in which he sometimes took part, ... Read More »

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos: A Critique of the Documents to be presented at the forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Synod

To the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Holy Church of Cyprus. Your Beatitude and Holy Brothers, I received the text that was approved as the decisions of the various Pre-Synodal Pan-Orthodox Committees, which occurred for the preparation of the forthcoming Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, and the submission of the various approved texts and agendas to ... Read More »

Theological observations and critique of the Text of the Upcoming Pan-Orthodox Council

Observations on the text: “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World” Professor of the Theological School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dr. Dimitrios Tselengidis has sent his first theological observations to the Orthodox hierarchs of several Local Orthodox Churches (including those of Greece, Russia, Serbia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Alexandria, and Antioch) concerning the text: “Relations ... Read More »

SYNAXIS OF THE PRIMATES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES – COMMUNIQUÉ

  Chambésy, 21-28, 2016     At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from 21st to 28th January, 2016. The following Primates attended: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem Patriarch Kirill ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople: Christmas Encyclical 2015

  + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the plenitude of the Church Grace, mercy and peace from the newborn Savior Christ in Bethlehem Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, The sweetness of the holy night of Christmas once again embraces the world. In the midst of human toil and suffering, crisis and ... Read More »

Patriarchate of Moscow: Overcoming the Vice of Anger

The ability to keep silent is very highly valued in human society. Not without reason is it said that silence is golden, but the word is silver. A silent person is able to control his thoughts, words, and actions. It is for this reason that silence was (and still is) so highly appreciated in the ascetic practice of the Church. ... Read More »