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Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Tragic Situation in Ukraine

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPE --His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, released the following message today to the Ukrainian Nation and the members of the Ukrainian community abroad in response to the escalating crisis in the Ukraine. Beloved children and friends in Ukraine and abroad,It is with heavy heart that we have been following the ongoing and, indeed, only escalating tragic circumstances in Ukraine over the last weeks. We feel that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are our own flesh and blood. We endure the same sufferings that you suffer and we work with you for your joy, as St. Paul says. In our high responsibility as Ecumenical Patriarch, we are obliged to call for peace from the authorities in a democratic and independent nation, where its elected leaders – both in government and opposition – have the ultimate responsibility to protect the dignity of human life among its citizens. Read more...

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

Thursday, December 19, 2013

ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE -- On December 19, 2013, His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul's Bogaziçi University (formerly Robert College) for his extraordinary vision and initiatives for the protection of the natural environment. The award comes on the occasion of Bogaziçi University's 150th anniversary. Not only is this Turkish institution of higher learning the first ever to be ranked (as it has since 2012) among the top 200 universities in the world, but it is the first to bestow such an honor on His All-Holiness, and the first also publicly to acknowledge his status and position as Ecumenical Patriarch, a title which has been used since the 6th century A.D. Read more...

2013 Catechetical Homily of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On The Beginning of Great Lent

Friday, March 15, 2013

Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the Lord, The holy fathers, who arranged everything in an orderly manner, instituted a period of ascetic discipline and spiritual purification for forty days prior to the great feast of the Lord’s resurrection. This ascetic rule assumes the form of a limitation on foods through fasting, but especially an abstinence from evil. The saintly hymnographer characteristically emphasizes that a genuine and favorable form of fasting for God is the estrangement from wrongdoing, control of the tongue, alienation from anger, separation from evil desires, including gossip, deceit and swearing, Read more...

Ecumenical Patriarchate Issues Communiqué on Respect of Religious Differences and Cessation of Violence

Monday, October 01, 2012

CONSTANTINOPLE --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 of anger, hatred, and distrust which unravels the very thread that has woven humanity together since our creation Read more...

Diocesan Archon John Halecky Named 2012 Recipient of Bouras Award

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

NEW YORK, NY [The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle] --The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle is pleased to announce that Archons James C. Fountas, National Treasurer, and John Halecky, Jr., National Secretary, have been nominated as recipients of this year’s Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship. A special tribute dinner dance will be held at the New York Hilton Hotel, Friday evening, Oct. 19, 2012, as part of the Order's annual three-day assembly, Oct. 19-21. Read more...

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