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ANTIOCH: The Passing of a Spiritual Father and Leader in Critical Times

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS – A PERSONAL REFLECTION It almost seems like yesterday when I was residing in Damascus, and conversing with His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch after the conclusion of small vespers at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab-Touma on a very cold winter evening. I recall that at the time, His Beatitude was gravely ill and could not ... Read More »

Communique of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Cessation of Violence

The Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses profound sorrow as the world has rushed into a confusing and volatile time of religious protests turning violent, and a grievous lack of consideration for religious differences. When we act disrespectfully and violently in the name of our religious prejudices or our religious beliefs we are undermining our own lives and faith, while creating an atmosphere ... Read More »

Threat to close Holy Sepulchre over water dispute

JERUSALEM (AFP) – A dispute with an Israeli water company over unpaid bills has led to a Greek Orthodox threat to close Christianity’s holiest site, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Maariv newspaper reported on Friday that the Hagihon water company said it is was owed 9 million shekels ($2.1 million) in unpaid bills dating back decades. In ... Read More »

INITIATIVE OF THE HEADS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES OF THE MIDDLE EAST CONCERNING THE SITUATION OF THE CHRISTIANS IN THE REGION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION.

We Christians have been living in the region of the Middle East since ancient times. Therefore, we consider that all efforts aiming at ousting us are unreasonable and unjust. Even when other religions conquered our land, we have always managed to adjust ourselves and find ways of symbiosis and peaceful coexistence with them. However, the recent increasing influence of extreme ... Read More »

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE COMMUNIQUE

On the Resurgence of Violence spreading throughout the World The Ecumenical Patriarchate expresses profound concern about the resurgence of violence currently spreading throughout the world. From America to Africa and throughout Europe and Asia, continents are confronted with the phenomenon of intolerance that not only undermines world stability and peace, but also constitutes a denial of human dignity. Racial murders, genocide, ... Read More »

Message for the Day of the Protection of the Environment

Prot. No. 758 †BARTHOLOMEW By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarchate To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace from the Creator, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ *  *  * Beloved children in the Lord, God’s grace renders us worthy today to commence yet another ecclesiastical year, one more festive cycle, within whose ... Read More »

PATRIARCHAL ENCYCLICAL Pascha 2011
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By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and Mercy From the Savior Christ Risen in Glory Beloved children in the Lord, Once again, in a spirit of joy and peace, we address you with the delightful and hopeful greeting: “Christ is Risen!” The occurrences and events of our ... Read More »