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The Russian libel against the Ecumenical Patriarch 06 Σεπ. 16 (10:16) / WorldThe Russian libel against the Ecumenical Patriarch One of Turkey’s most zealous pro-government dailies, Akşam, came out with a bizarre headline on Aug. 30: “The Patriarchate-CIA-Gülen Alliance.”
Rada calls on Ecumenical patriarch to give autocephaly to Ukraine's Orthodox Church16 Ιουν. 16 (17:47) / WorldRada calls on Ecumenical patriarch to give autocephaly to Ukraine's Orthodox ChurchThe Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada, has adopted an appeal to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to publish a tomos over the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.The Holy and Great Council: Orthodoxy’s Opportunity 15 Ιουν. 16 (10:11) / WorldThe Holy and Great Council: Orthodoxy’s Opportunity Five short months ago a Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place in Chambésy, Geneva. At that time, all autocephalous churches agreed to convene the Holy and Great Council.Ecco perché la Chiesa russa non va al concilio di Creta 14 Ιουν. 16 (15:02) / WorldEcco perché la Chiesa russa non va al concilio di Creta «La Chiesa ortodossa russa rimane attaccata alla sua dimensione imperiale e non asseconda quella missione universale sognata da Bartolomeo». Il professor Andrea Riccardi, storico della Chiesa e fondatore della Comunità di Sant'Egidio, coltiva da decenni buoni rapporti con il mondo ortodosso. In questa intervista con Vatican Insider Riccardi commenta la decisione comunicata la sera del 13 giugno dal santo Sinodo della Chiesa ortodossa russa , che ha chiesto un rinvio del concilio panortodosso in programma a Creta a partire dal 19 giugno. E in caso contrario ha fatto sapere che non parteciperà all'assise, allineandosi con le posizioni già espresse dalle Chiese ortodosse di Antiochia, Bulgaria e Georgia.Countdown to opening of Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete 13 Ιουν. 16 (01:31) / WorldCountdown to opening of Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete (Vatican Radio) In ten daysʼ time, a historic meeting of leaders of the worldʼs Orthodox Churches is due to begin on the Greek island of Crete. More than 350 bishops are expected to participate in the ʽHoly and Great Council of the Orthodox Churchʼ which will be chaired by the spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.Russian Church questions pan-Orthodox status of slated Council 10 Ιουν. 16 (00:14) / WorldRussian Church questions pan-Orthodox status of slated Council Moscow, June 9, Interfax - The refusal of several Churches to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council casts doubts on its status, the representative of Russian Church said.46 χρόνια Αρχιετείας του Μητροπολίτη Σταγών και Μετεώρων Σεραφείμ31 Μαΐ. 16 (12:14) / World46 χρόνια Αρχιετείας του Μητροπολίτη Σταγών και Μετεώρων ΣεραφείμΟ Μητροπολίτης Σεραφείμ (κατά κόσμο Βύρων) Στεφάνου, εξελέγη Μητροπολίτης Τρίκκης & Σταγών και χειροτονήθηκε την 31η Μαΐου του 1970 από τον Μακαριστό Αρχιεπίσκοπο Αθηνών & Πάσης Ελλάδος κυρό Ιερώνυμο Α΄. Είχε κριθεί άξιος από την Ιεραρχία της Εκκλησίας της Ελλάδος καθώς μετά την εκδημία του Μητροπολίτου Τρίκκης & Σταγών Διονυσίου, είχε οριστεί ως Τοποτηρητής του Θρόνου.Pope Francis to visit the Greek island of Lesbos07 Απρ. 16 (14:46) / WorldPope Francis to visit the Greek island of LesbosPope Francis will travel to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, April 16. A communiqué from the Vatican Press Office has confirmed next week’s papal visit which aims to show support and solidarity for refugees in the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis.Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgium calls for unity against terrorism 22 Μαρ. 16 (18:42) / WorldOrthodox Metropolitan of Belgium calls for unity against terrorism (Vatican Radio) The Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgium, Athenagoras (Ecumenical Patriarchate) has called for all religious leaders of Belgium to unite their voices and forces against terrorism. Analyzing the Holy and Great Council 15 Μαρ. 16 (09:21) / WorldAnalyzing the Holy and Great Council The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to be held in Crete during Pentecost has prompted a great deal of discussion. The affirmation at the January Synaxis of Primates in Chambésy to proceed with the Council was historic and almost one hundred years in the making. With the stage set, this essay will examine three points: an historical framework with which to view the June 2016 Council; the role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate; and, the politics behind the Council with a focus on the Russian Orthodox Church.Francis: Brother, finally! Kirill: “Now things are easier” 12 Φεβ. 16 (23:47) / WorldFrancis: Brother, finally! Kirill: “Now things are easier” Francis and Kirill embraced and kissed one another. On this sunny day, they met for the first time ever at the entrance to a room with dark wood panelling in Havana airport. The meeting took place a long way from Europe and its divisins, on an island that is both a crossroads and a symbol.Orthodox patriarchs prepare for Great and Holy Council in June in Crete02 Φεβ. 16 (19:30) / WorldOrthodox patriarchs prepare for Great and Holy Council in June in CreteOrthodox primates have attended a meeting chaired by the Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, in Chambésy, Geneva, Switzerland, and set a June date for a larger Orthodox convocation, the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church.Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis to deliver 33rd Fr. Schmemann Lecture January 31 29 Δεκ. 15 (23:10) / WorldRev. Dr. John Chryssavgis to deliver 33rd Fr. Schmemann Lecture January 31 The 33rd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, “Toward the Holy and Great Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Consensus,” will be presented by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here on Sunday, January 31, 2015. Pope sends message as Patriarch receives honorary doctorate27 Οκτ. 15 (18:04) / WorldPope sends message as Patriarch receives honorary doctorate(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday sent a message on the occasion of the conferral of an honorary doctorate to Bartholomew I, Patriarch of Constantinople. The Honorary Doctorate in the Culture of Unity was granted the Patriarch by the Sophia University Institute “for his service to the unity of the human family.”The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: Its Past, Present, and Future 15 Ιουλ. 15 (23:34) / WorldThe Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: Its Past, Present, and Future Religions for Peace USA regularly spotlights member communities to be featured in The Interfaith Observer. This month, Suzy Lamoreaux interviews Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, who represents the Archdiocese on RfPUSA’s Executive Council. The Archimandrite was appointed director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in September 2013. Fr. Nathanael and his department work to spread interest in and knowledge of Church activities and teachings while “always respecting the sincerity of the religious convictions and spiritual sensitivities of others.”A Christian Call in a Time of Crisis in Europe 10 Ιουλ. 15 (17:04) / WorldA Christian Call in a Time of Crisis in Europe In the spirit of the contemporary inter-Christian cooperation, churches have contributed to the development and establishment of a wider ecumenical spirit of reconciliation and collaboration – extremely necessary and significant for both Europe and the world. This spirit was particularly needed in challenging times, such as following the end of the World War ΙΙ and the rise of the divisive climate of the Cold War between the East and West. Since then, churches have worked to support a progressive, and sometimes even a radical Christian spiritual approach in addressing social, political, economic and environmental issues. In this spirit, as Christians and responsible citizens, we call the European churches, ecumenical organizations, religious institutions and various Christian movements in Europe to respond to our call to ensure a secure future of our common home by taking immediate actions.Historic church in Turkey’s Bursa for sale on Internet 09 Ιουλ. 15 (22:20) / WorldHistoric church in Turkey’s Bursa for sale on Internet The 700-year-old arched church in the northwestern province of Bursa’s Mudanya district has been put on sale on the Internet for $1 million, news website T24 has reported. Pope Francis says let Greeks have dignity, while urging responsible decisions 02 Ιουλ. 15 (18:58) / WorldPope Francis says let Greeks have dignity, while urging responsible decisions The Greek financial crisis strikes fear in Europe and the world it will trigger a contagion that could upset the global economy along with anger from people in the stricken nation that they are being humiliated.Could Christianity be driven from Middle East?15 Απρ. 15 (19:15) / WorldCould Christianity be driven from Middle East?Can Christianity survive, in the face of persecution and conflict, in the region of its birth? The BBC's Jane Corbin travelled across the Middle East - through Iraq and Syria - to investigate the plight of Christians, as hundreds of thousands flee Islamic militancy in the region.Interview of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew04 Απρ. 15 (14:43) / WorldInterview of the Ecumenical Patriarch BartholomewTo climb the narrow staircase, in their understated elegance, which connect the floors of the Building of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, gives rhythm to the clear perception that this place, in itself small, is the spiritual heart of millions of Orthodox Christians worldwide. Greece: Catholic Archbishop hopes for change in attitudes towards religious minorities29 Ιαν. 15 (21:42) / WorldGreece: Catholic Archbishop hopes for change in attitudes towards religious minorities"Although the interests and concerns of churches like ours will be secondary for the new government, I think we can be optimistic our possibilities will improve," said Archbishop Nikolaos Printezis, general secretary of Greece's six-member bishops' conference, Jonathan Luxmoore of the Catholic News Service writes in an article published by America magazine.Factory Gives Fighter Jet to Head of Russian Orthodox Church19 Σεπ. 14 (18:33) / WorldFactory Gives Fighter Jet to Head of Russian Orthodox ChurchMOSCOW — Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a single-seater fighter jet SU-35.Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in Iraq20 Αυγ. 14 (09:43) / WorldStatement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in IraqThe 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.