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Elder Paisios Canonised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On 13 January 2015 the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously agreed to incorporate the monk Paisios of Mt. Athos into the registry of the Saints of the Orthodox Church. St Paisios of Mt Athos slept in the Lord on Saturday July 12, 1994. St Paisios’ life and teachings touched the life of thousands of people around ... Read More »

Patriarch Kirill : “Society and Government Die When People Start Pursuing Self-Interest at the Expense of the Commonwealth”

November 4, 2014. His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, delivered a sermon on the occasion of Unity Day in Russia Dear Brothers and Sisters! On Unity Day we remember one of the most tragic periods in the history of our Fatherland, when our country was as good as on the verge of extinction from the world’s map: ... Read More »


+ BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Entire Church: Grace and Peace from the Creator, Sustainer and Governor of all Creation, our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ   Blessed brothers, sisters, and children in the Lord, The common Mother of all Orthodox, the Church of Christ, the Body of our eternal Lord ... Read More »

Statement By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and ... Read More »


ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE: ENCYCLICAL FOR HOLY PASCHA 2014 We continue the work of the Apostles. We preach that death must not have place in our life for it offers no benefit to humanity. Christ is Risen! Come, brethren and children in the Lord, receive the light from the unwaning Light of the Phanar, the Holy Center of the Orthodox, and let us all together ... Read More »

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Holy and Great Lent

CATECHETICAL HOMILY For Holy and Great Lent + B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church: Grace and Peace from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ And Prayers, Blessings and Forgiveness from us “Behold, now is the favorable time, now is ... Read More »

Synaxis of the First-Hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches

At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the First-Hierarchs of all the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches will gather from March 6-9, 2014, for a Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in order to deliberate on matters pertaining to the entire Orthodox Church throughout the world and procedural issues for the convocation of the Holy and Great Council, whose preparation is ... Read More »

Canonization of Two New Saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia and of venerable Meletios of Lardos.  Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd. Feast Day of Saint Meletios of Lardos: February 12th. Saint Porphyrios Bairaktaris of Kafsokalivia ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses the Issue of Homosexual Marriage

On September 7, 2013 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited the Holy Cathedral of St. Symeon in Tallinn, Estonia. Early that afternoon, His All-Holiness presided over Vespers Service in the same church, at which time he delivered the Homily. Below is an excerpt of this Homily, in which he addressed the topic of the relationship between Church and Family, and ... Read More »

Ecuenical Patriarch Bartholomew: We Are Not Betraying Orthodoxy – We Are Not Ecumenists

The Patriarch gives a response to those who criticize the Patriarchate for participating in ecumenical dialogue. Loudaros Andreas September 20, 2013 Dogma.gr A powerful message was sent to multiple recipients within all the Churches today by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew regarding the issue of ecumenical dialogue. Addressing Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria, who is making a peaceful visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, ... Read More »