Landmark ruling in Turkey Buyukada orphanage returned to the Orthodox Patriarchate

A landmark ruling by a court of law in Turkey, the first of its kind: Buyukada district court of following the ruling of the Court of human rights in Strasbourg, has handed over the Buyukada orphanage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. The court has informed the «Fanar» that orders have been given for the final return of the building, located on the ‘Island of the Princes’ to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. It also ordered that the land be registered to the “Rum Patrikanesi” (The Patriarchate of the Rum, as Orthodox Christians are called in Turkey), recognizing its de facto legal status. It should also be noted that with this ruling, the Buyukada court overturns a previous decision of 27 June 2005, with which, and at the request of the Directorate of Religious Foundations, all property rights to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople over the orphanage were removed.

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The whole truth about Vatopedi

An issue of national importance which has been capturing the attention of the whole country for decades as well as the various Greek ministries and the Greek national security authorities, has become a matter of internal political squabbling, of investigative committees and of unrestrained chit-chat because of ‘additional external factors’. The consequences of such furor will possibly be felt by the entire nation for years to come. read more… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Ecumenical Patriarchate Holy and Sacred Synod

Press Release

It is announced that the letter written by His Eminence Metropolitan Theoleptos of Iconium to the newspaper in America, The National Herald, was a result of the author’s own personal decision and initiative. This letter was sent without the knowledge of the Mother Church and its content does not reflect the views held by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The sentiments of appreciation and love of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios were expressed by His All Holiness repeatedly during his official visit to the United States this past Fall also in honor of the conclusion of His Eminence’s 10th year of fruitful ministry to the Archdiocese of America.

At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the 18th of January 2010

From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod

The Christmas Message of the Ecumenical Patriarch

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Prot. No. 1237 


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 »

Ο Αβραμόπουλος στηρίζει τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη

Ο Υπεύθυνος του Τομέα Πολιτικής Ευθύνης Εξωτερικών της Νέας Δημοκρατίας κ. Δημήτρης Αβραμόπουλος, προέβη σήμερα, Κυριακή 20 Δεκεμβρίου 2009, στην ακόλουθη δήλωση:

«Όποιος αμφισβητεί την Οικουμενικότητα και τη διεθνή υπόσταση του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου και του Πατριάρχη, δυναμιτίζει τις σχέσεις της χώρας του με την Ευρώπη και τον κόσμο ολόκληρο. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Halki Seminary and the Patriarchate’s Existential Crisis


Posted By Allen Yekikan

AFP reported on Thursday that the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, Bartholomew I, was hopeful Turkey would re-open a historic seminary it shut down nearly four decades ago. The Halki Orthodox Theological Seminary, located on the island of Halki off the coast of Istanbul, was the key Patriarchical institution for educating the Greek Orthodox Community and training its future clergy for more than a century before it was closed down by the Turkish government in 1971.

The Patriarch was responding to signals last week by Turkey’s Culture Minister that Ankara is planning to re-open the Greek seminary, considered vital to the survival of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Ankara continues to waver on Religious Freedom




Despite Europe’s request, Ankara continues to waver on Religious Freedom

NAT da Polis

The head of EU enlargement has said that the accession process of Turkey also depends on the Halki school, an institution for the formation of the clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, closed since 1971. The government remains silent, while the debate grows in the media. The real issue is the recognition of the status of the Patriarchate. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »