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Pope’s Message to Ecumenical Patriarch

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Pope’s Message to Ecumenical Patriarch

Pope Franics has sent a Message to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, His Holiness, Bartholomew I, to mark the feast of the Patron of the Church at Constantinople, St. Andrew the Apostle. Common concern for the plight of Christians in many parts of the world, and especially in the Middle East, was a central focus of the Holy Father’s reflections. Below, please find the official English text of the Message.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

With paternal joy and patriarchal satisfaction, from the Sacred Center of our Faith, we are delighted to address the Second International Conference on Religious Freedom organized and hosted by our cherished Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Exceptional Academic Honor

On December 19, 2013, His All-Holiness received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University (formerly Robert College) for his extraordinary vision and initiatives for the protection of the natural environment. The award comes on the occasion of Boğaziçi 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.

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas 2013

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Christmas 2013

Many centuries ago, the Prophet foresaw and announced with enthusiasm and joy the birth of the child Jesus from the ever-Virgin Mary. Naturally, even then, there was no period of census by Augustus Caesar, no place to stay for the safety of the Holy Virgin who was carrying a child by the Holy Spirit. So the holy Joseph as her betrothed and protector was obliged to lead her to a cave, a manger with animals, “in order to give birth to a child.”

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Patriarchal Encyclical for the Holy and Great Lent

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Patriarchal Encyclical for the Holy and Great Lent

Our Orthodox Church recommends that, during this period of Great Lent, we focus our attention toward sincere repentance, “the melting pot of sin,” according to St. John Chrysostom. Repentance is the first topic of our Lord Jesus Christ’s preaching and the very essence of the Christian teaching. It is the Church’s daily invitation to us all. Despite this, many of us have not truly experienced repentance. We sometimes feel that it does not concern us personally because we do have not “come to ourselves” in order to comprehend and contemplate how we may have committed any sin.

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2014

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Patriarchal Encyclical for Holy Pascha 2014

The emotional state of the Lord’s disciples was grim after His Crucifixion, because by the Lord’s death on the Cross the hopes of His disciples were dispersed that He and they would one day prevail as political power. They had perceived the triumphant entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, following the resurrection of Lazarus and the miraculous feeding of five thousand men, with additional women and children, by five loaves of bread and two fish, as a prelude of their conquering of secular authority. The mother of two of them moreover requested that her two sons sit by each side of the Lord, when He came to power. All these, however, dissipated as childish imaginations on account of the awful execution of Jesus Christ.

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Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in Iraq

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Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch on the Present Violence in Iraq

The 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.

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Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year

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Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year

The common Mother of all Orthodox, the Church of Christ, the Body of our eternal Lord and divine-human Jesus Christ, compassionately ministers through all of its activities but especially through the Divine Eucharist, by offering its holy gifts to their Creator in the mystery of salvation.

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Ecumenical Patriarch to Attend Philippines Climate Change Forum on French President’s Invitation

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Ecumenical Patriarch to Attend Philippines Climate Change Forum on French President’s Invitation

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will attend a climate change forum in the Philippines on Feb. 26-27, 2015, on the invitation of French President François Hollande.

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Catechetical Homily at the Opening of Holy and Great Lent

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Catechetical Homily at the Opening of Holy and Great Lent

Our Lord Jesus Christ grafts us into His body, inviting us to become saints, “just as He is holy.” (1 Peter 1.16) Our Creator wants us to be in communion with Him in order to taste His grace, which is to participate in His sanctity.

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