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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 »

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year (Prot. No. 735)

+ BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome And Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace from the Creator and Conserver of All Creation Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ   Beloved brothers and children in the Lord, We have come to September 1st, the beginning of the ecclesiastical year, which the Ecumenical Patriarchate ... Read More »

Venizelos Met With Greek Patriarch of Alexandria

Reporter: Margarita Papantoniou July 9th, 2013 The Vice President of the Greek government and Foreign Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, sent a message of concern, friendship and sympathy to the people of Egypt right after his meeting with the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodoros II, at the Foreign Ministry. “Greece is connected to Africa with a strong historical and cultural ... Read More »

The Patriarch of Georgia proposes to introduce a new subject in schools: “Fundamentals of family life”

Tbilisi, June 28, 2013 The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II has put forward a new initiative: to introduce a new subject in the school program that will prepare future generation for family life, reports Blagovest-info with the reference to Geotimes.ge. Ilia II spoke on this at the presentation of the Demographic Restoration Foundation. The Patriarch touched upon the theme of demographic problems in ... Read More »

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch: Leaders should serve the people

July 5, 2013 Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit says that God puts people in positions of leadership not to satisfy their personal ambitions and goals but to be the servants of the people. Neofit, elected Patriarch of the church in February 2013 at the time of the earlier protests that were mobilised around cost-of-living issues, was speaking against a background ... Read More »

ANTIOCH: Patriarch John X stresses the need of Political solution to the crisis in Syria

July 3, 2013 Damascus, (SANA) – Patriarch of Antioch and all East for Greek Orthodox John Yazigi stressed the importance of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria. Meeting Austrian Ambassador in Damascus Isabel Raucher charge d’ affairs of the European Union Michel Ryan in Syria and political advisor at the European Union Commission in Damascus Anis Nakror, the Patriarch ... Read More »


ASSASSINATION PLOT AGAINST PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW UNCOVERED An alleged plot against Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Bartholomew is being investigated by an Ankara public prosecutor, private broadcaster NTV reported today. The investigation was launched after a letter was sent from the Central Anatolia province of Kayseri, claiming that the Istanbul-based patriarch would be the target of an assassination attempt on May 29, ... Read More »

Georgian Orthodox Church Calls for Anti-Abortion Law

Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, has called on the Georgian authorities in his Easter epistle for adopting anti-abortion law, saying that it would contribute to resolving country’s “grave demographic situation.” “Abortion is a heinous murder of an innocent creature committed with a decision and intent of parents. A doctor is a direct accomplice to this crime as ... Read More »


PATRIARCHAL ENCYCLICAL FOR HOLY PASCHA 2013 Prot. No. 388 † BARTHOLOMEW By God’s mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the plenitude of the Church Grace, peace and mercy from Christ risen in glory Beloved concelebrants and devout, god-loving children of the Church, Christ is Risen! The proclamation of the Resurrection by the myrrh-bearing women to the disciples ... Read More »