Methodios Visit at Vatopedi – Нови Игуман Хиландара у манастиру Ватопеду

A warm official welcome was extended to the new Abbot of the Holy Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of Hilandari of Mount Athos, Most Holy Archimandrite Methodios, by the brotherhood of Vatopedi.

Elder Methodios is visiting the Great and Holy Monastery of Vatopedi for the first time since he assumed his new office. He arrived at the monastery to attend the feast of the Holy Belt of the Most Holy Theotokos, which begins with an all night vigil on the eve of the 12th until noon the 13th of September. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Message by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Environment Day

MESSAGE

By His All Holiness

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

For World Environment Day

(June 5, 2010)

Inasmuch as, at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we have long been concerned about problems related to the preservation of the natural environment, we have ascertained that the fundamental cause of the abuse and destruction of the world’s natural resources is greed and the constant tendency toward unrestrained wealth by citizens in so-called “developed” nations.

The holy Fathers of our Church have taught and lived the words of St. Paul, according to which “if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these” (1 Tim. 6.8), adhering at the same time to the prayer of Solomon: “Grant me neither wealth nor poverty, but simply provide for me what is necessary for sufficiency.” (Prov. 30:8) Everything beyond this, as St. Basil the Great instructs, “borders on forbidden ostentation.” Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical On the Sunday of Orthodoxy

 Prot. No. 213

BARTHOLOMEW
By God’s Grace
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Fullness of the Church,
Grace and Peace
From our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Our most holy Orthodox Church today commemorates its own feast day, and – from this historical and martyric See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – the Mother Church of Constantinople directs its blessing, love and concern to all of its faithful and dedicated spiritual children throughout the world, inviting them to concelebrate in prayer.

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The Crucified Patriarch

By Robert Ellis

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, who is the spiritual head of 300 million Orthodox Christians round the world, created a stir recently with an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes”. According to the Patriarch Orthodox Christians are treated as second-class citizens in Turkey and sometimes he feels “crucified”.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu regarded the comment as “an undesired slip of the tongue” and Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinc dismissed the criticism as “unacceptable”. But despite the furore the interview has once again shed light on Turkey’s treatment of minorities.

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Turkey Has No Place in the European Union

By Michael Huffington

Last night on 60 Minutes there was a 14 minute segment about Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).

It was an honest look at religious freedom (or lack thereof) inside one of America’s military allies. It is a story that should be seen by the leaders of the free world as well as people of faith. The Ecumenical Patriarch of 300,000,000 Orthodox Christians (of which I am one) is similar to the Pope of the Catholic Church. And yet he is a treated as a second-class citizen in his own country where he was born. The Orthodox «Vatican» is called the Phanar and it is located on less than an acre of land in the city of Istanbul. There have been so many threats of violence that they have had to use barbed wire and cameras to protect the priest inside the property. The last century has seen the Orthodox Christian population diminish from 2,000,000 in 1900 to less than 4,000 in all of Turkey today. Most were forced out. Yet this geographical area of the world was mostly Christian a thousand years ago.

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The Christmas Message of the Ecumenical Patriarch

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Prot. No. 1237 

BARTHOLOMEW

By God’s Grace

Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome

and Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Plenitude of the Church

Grace, peace and mercy from the Savior Christ

Born in Bethlehem

 

Beloved concelebrants and blessed children in the Lord,

Heaven and earth have united

Through the birth of Christ.

Today, God has appeared on earth,

And man has ascended to heaven.

(Christmas Hymn)

The distance and separation between God and humanity resulting from sin has been abolished with the assumption of the entire human nature by the Only-Begotten Son and Pre-eternal Word of God. It was God’s good will – that is to say, His initiative and will – that the incarnation of His Son should abolish all such distance uniting heaven and earth, as well as creation with its Creator. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Cyril of Moscow in Constantinople

Bartholomew and Cyril IIEcumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, with the newly elected Patriarch of Moscow Cyril II, left, at the Patriarchal Church of St. George the Great Martyr in Phanar, Constantinople, Sunday, July 5, 2009, during a Patriarchal con-celebration of the Divine Liturgy, celebrated on the occasion of the first Irenical Visit of the new Russian Primate at the See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.