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  • Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Host International Forum on Modern Slavery and the Arts

    Posted 2019-09-10 14:49:00 by: Сард

    Following the celebration of the new ecclesiastical year and the commemoration of the Indiction, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew announced his plans to convene a fourth international Forum on Modern Slavery. The fourth Forum will bring together scholars, artists and experts in material culture for an exploration of the various media through which modern enslavement is expressed, perpetuated, rejected and resolved. This Forum aims to raise awareness and generate innovative collaborations related to the capacity of the arts and material culture for ending modern slavery and, thereby, protecting human dignity and fundamental human rights. The Ecumenical Patriarchate’s establishment of the Task Force on Modern Slavery was launched with the first Forum, “Sins Before our Eyes,” held in Istanbul, Turkey, in February 2017, which was a collaborative effort of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Grace Archbishop Justin (Welby) of Canterbury. The second Forum, “Old Problems in the New World,” was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in May 2018, and convened experts addressing the realities of slavery in the Americas. The third Forum, held in Istanbul in January 2019, concentrated on capacity building, programmatic cooperation and religious literacy improvements by which the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s global ministries can help to eliminate the complex, intersectional causes, contours and consequences of modern slavery. The fourth Forum will be held on the island of Kalymnos, Greece, in May ...

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  • Ανακοίνωση για τις δολοφονικές επιθέσεις στο Ελ Πάσο και το Ντέιτον των ΗΠΑ

    Posted 2019-08-05 01:35:00 by: Сард

    ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΕΙΟ Γραφείο Τύπου και Επικοινωνίας Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης: Να προβάλλουμε πνευματική αντίσταση στη βία και το μίσος Ανακοίνωση για τις δολοφονικές επιθέσεις στο Ελ Πάσο και το Ντέιτον των ΗΠΑ O Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος εκφράζει τον αποτροπιασμό και τον βαθύτατο συγκλονισμό του για την δολοφονική επίθεση στο Ελ Πάσο του Τέξας, των ΗΠΑ, από την οποία έχασαν τη ζωή τους είκοσι συνάνθρωποί μας και τραυματίστηκαν άλλοι είκοσι έξι, αλλά και για την επίσης αιματηρή επίθεση στην πόλη Ντέιτον του Οχάιο, από την οποία φέρονται να βρήκαν τον θάνατο και να τραυματίστηκαν αρκετοί συνάνθρωποί μας. Ο Παναγιώτατος καταδικάζει απερίφραστα κάθε πράξη μίσους - φυλετικού, θρησκευτικού ή κοινωνικού, αλλά και κάθε μορφή βίας και φονταμενταλισμού, απ’ όπου και αν αυτές προέρχονται. Το μίσος και η βία, επισημαίνει, προκαλούν πολύ πόνο και φόβο, ενίοτε δε είναι η αιτία περαιτέρω πράξεων βίας με τη μορφή  της εκδίκησης. Απέναντι σε αυτό το διογκούμενο, επικίνδυνο και αιματηρό, φαινόμενο, σημειώνει, κάθε άνθρωπος καλής θελήσεως οφείλει να προβάλλει ισχυρή ...

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  • Statement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the attacks in Sri Lanka

    Posted 2019-04-22 17:21:00 by: Сард

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expresses his horror at the terrorist attacks that took place on the day of Western Easter celebrations in churches and hotels in the greater area of the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, causing death to dozens of our fellow human beings and injuring hundreds. His All-Holiness unambiguously condemns all acts of terror, as well as any act of hatred, violence and fundamentalism wherever they come from, and calls on everyone to work, through dialogue and in a spirit of mutual respect, to preserve the good of peaceful coexistence and co-operation. The Holy and Great Church of Christ prays for the rest of the souls of the victims and expresses heartfelt condolences to their families, while wishing courage and a quick recovery to the injured. At the same time, she expresses her sympathy with and support for the local Roman Catholic Church, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. The Ecumenical Patriarch contacted the Metropolitan of Singapore, Constantine, and asked him to convey the above message of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Roman Catholic Community, the authorities and the Sri Lankan people as a ...

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  • The Ecumenical Patriarch’s Message of Sympathy for the Destructive Fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

    Posted 2019-04-17 15:20:00 by: Сард

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed to the Roman Catholic faithful of Paris and to the entire French nation – through letters addressed to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, and to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron – his deep sorrow and sympathy for the destructive fire that occurred at the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most significant monuments attesting to the history and spiritual identity of the French capital. His All-Holiness highlighted that the Notre Dame is not only a cathedral, but that it constitutes a visible “meeting point” of Christian faith and human ingenuity, a symbol of the common ideals of humanity, and a “voice” from which stems a resonant petition for peace and love. The Patriarch prays for the speedy restoration of the historical cathedral, underscoring that “the world today is wounded, and it collectively lives a special mourning, which transcends confessional and religious affiliations.” News Release from the Press Office of the Ecumenical ...

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  • Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης: Έναντι των όποιων αμφισβητήσεων των δικαίων και προνομίων του Οικουμενικού Θρόνου προβάλλουμε την καθαγιασμένη πράξη, τάξη και παράδοση της Ορθοδοξίας.

    Posted 2019-03-18 10:32:00 by: Сард

    Με κάθε ιεροπρέπεια και σύμφωνα με την από αιώνων διαμορφωμένη παράδοση εορτάσθηκε σήμερα, 17 Μαρτίου, στην Ιερά Καθέδρα της Πρωτοθρόνου Εκκλησίας της Κωνσταντινουπόλεως, η Κυριακή της Ορθοδοξίας. Της Θείας Λειτουργίας προεξήρχε ο Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος, συμπαραστατούμενος από τους Μητροπολίτες Γέροντα Πριγκηποννήσων Δημήτριο, Γερμανίας Αυγουστίνο, Τρανουπόλεως Γερμανό, Τορόντο Σωτήριο, Ανέων Μακάριο, Ρεθύμνης και Αυλοποτάμου Ευγένιο, Γάνου και Χώρας Αμφιλόχιο, Κυδωνίας και Αποκορώνου Δαμασκηνό, Κώου και Νισύρου Ναθαναήλ, Σιγκαπούρης Κωνσταντίνο και Σύμης Χρυσόστομο. Κατά τη διάρκειά της,  ο Παναγιώτατος χειροτόνησε στο βαθμό του διακόνου τον υποδιάκονο Δημήτριο Νικηφόρο, νομικό και θεολόγο, δίνοντας του το όνομα Αέτιος.    Στην ομιλία του, πριν από τη χειροτονία του νέου κληρικού, ο Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης υπογράμμισε την τιμή και τη μεγάλη ευθύνη με τις οποίες συνδέεται η ένταξή του στον Ιερό Κλήρο της Μητρός Εκκλησίας και τη σπουδαιότητα που θα έχει για τη διακονία του η ειδίκευσή του στο Κανονικό Δίκαιο. «Τούτο σημαίνει ότι θα είσαι πάντοτε κατά την ...

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  • Announcement by the Ecumenical Patriarchate Concerning the Terrorist Attack in New Zealand (Μarch 15, 2019)

    Posted 2019-03-15 13:37:00 by: Сард

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the members of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate—during their regularly scheduled March meeting—expressed their shock and dismay over the murderous attacks made against the people present at two mosques located in Christchurch, New Zealand. His All-Holiness and the Synodal Hierarchs unequivocally condemn every act of terrorism, hate and fundamentalism, and call everyone to work together, through dialogue, for the protection of all that is good, for peaceful coexistence and collaboration. They extend their heartfelt condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims, as well as their wholehearted wishes for strength and a swift recovery to all those wounded. His All-Holiness also communicated with Metropolitan Myron of New Zealand, asking him to convey the above message of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the local authorities, to the Muslim Community and to all the people of New Zealand. Office of Press and ...

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  • Ἀνακοινωθέν (01/03/2019).

    Posted 2019-03-01 14:16:00 by: Сард

    Γενομένης τῆς τακτικῆς ἀνασυγκροτήσεως τῆς Ἁγίας καί Ἱερᾶς Συνόδου, ταύτην θά ἀποτελέσουν, διά τό ἑξάμηνον 01.03.2019 – 31.08.2019, ὑπό τήν προεδρίαν τῆς Α. Θ. Παναγιότητος, οἱ Σεβ. Ἱεράρχαι:   Γερμανίας κ. Αὐγουστῖνος Τρανουπόλεως κ. Γερμανός Τορόντο κ. Σωτήριος Ἀνέων κ. Μακάριος Λαοδικείας κ. Θεοδώρητος Ρεθύμνης καί Αὐλοποτάμου κ. Εὐγένιος Γάνου καί Χώρας κ. Ἀμφιλόχιος Κυδωνίας καί Ἀποκορώνου κ. Δαμασκηνός Κώου καί Νισύρου κ. Ναθαναήλ Σιγκαπούρης κ. Κωνσταντῖνος Σύμης κ. Χρυσόστομος Σικάγου κ. Ναθαναήλ   Ἐν τοῖς Πατριαρχείοις, τῇ 1ῃ Μαρτίου 2019   Ἐκ τῆς Ἀρχιγραμματείας τῆς Ἁγίας καί Ἱερᾶς ...

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  • Awareness, Action and Impact: A Forum on Modern Slavery

    Posted 2019-01-15 13:06:00 by: Сард

    PRESS RELEASE Following the Feast of Epiphany 2019, the Ecumenical Patriarchate hosted an International Forum on Modern Slavery under the auspices of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The Forum was held in Istanbul, Turkey, from January 7-8, 2019, and focused on the theme “Awareness, Action and Impact.” The Forum commenced with an opening address by His All-Holiness, who observed: “This Forum aims to rectify the direction society is heading in, and to find real and concrete means to fight against this unacceptable expression of abuse and evil in our present day and age.” After the official opening, the first panel addressed legal frameworks, at the international, national, and local levels, for addressing the diverse expressions of modern slavery. The second panel discussed current trends in forced migration and human trafficking, emphasizing how migration and human smuggling and trafficking are interstitial to many other dimensions of human slavery. The third panel consisted of practitioners whose grassroots efforts have made positive impacts, including the protection of women and children, as well as the provision of public health services, as remedies to human slavery. On the morning of January 8th, the Orthodox Christian ministries that were invited to the Forum met for a first-ever inter-Orthodox consultation on modern slavery. Ministry representatives discussed their core activities and key outcomes and identified opportunities for collaboration and synergy among and between Orthodox institutions and organizations. The consultation emphasized the priority of applying Orthodox teachings on freedom and dignity to action and witness, in order to help to eliminate the global scourge of slavery that traps millions of people in lives of suffering, injustice and humiliation. This was the third Forum on Modern Slavery hosted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The first Forum, “Sins Before Our Eyes,” was held in Istanbul, Turkey, in ...

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  • PATRIARCHAL AND SYNODAL TOMOS FOR THE BESTOWAL OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL STATUS OF AUTOCEPHALY TO THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN UKRAINE

    Posted 2019-01-14 17:41:00 by: Сард

    Bartholomew, by God’s mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch: “You have come to Mount Zion . . . and to the Church of the first-born” (Heb. 12.22–23), as the blessed Paul, apostle to the nations, declares to all the faithful, appropriately likening the Church to a mountain to affirm conviction and recognition as well as steadfastness and stability. For although the Church of God both is and is called one flock and one body of Christ—everywhere sharing the confession of Orthodox faith, the communion through the sacraments in the Holy Spirit, and the constancy of apostolic succession and canonical order—already from the earliest apostolic times it also consists of local and native Churches internally self-administered by their own shepherds, teachers and servants of the Gospel of Christ, namely, their regional Bishops, not only for the historical and secular significance of these cities and lands, but also for the particular pastoral needs of these places. Therefore, inasmuch as the most devout and divinely-protected country of Ukraine has been fortified and magnified by heavenly providence, while also acquiring comprehensive political independence, and inasmuch as its civil and church leaders have avidly sought its ecclesiastical self-administration over more than thirty years—thereby further echoing previous similar requests periodically addressed by its people to the most holy Apostolic Throne of Constantinople, which is obliged by a lengthy canonical tradition to care for the holy Orthodox Churches facing difficulties, especially those with which it has always been associated through canonical bonds, such as the historical Metropolis of Kyiv—our Modesty, along with our most reverend Metropolitans and most honorable beloved brothers and concelebrants in the Holy Spirit, in the imperative concern of the Great Church of Christ within the Orthodox world for healing long standing schisms and divisions in the local ...

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  • Announcement

    Posted 2018-12-19 12:29:00 by: Сард

    On December 13, 2018, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christian Church, filed suit against Princeton University in an action to recover four unique Byzantine-era holy manuscripts (the “Patriarchal Manuscripts”). The Holy Metropolis of Drama and the Monastery of Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa are additional parties to the suit. For centuries, the Patriarchal Manuscripts were housed in the library of the Monastery of Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa in northern Greece. During World War I, the Monastery suffered a terrible atrocity at the hands of an invading force of Bulgarian soldiers. On Great and Holy Tuesday, March 27, 1917, they stormed the Monastery, assaulted the resident monks, and absconded with the most valuable manuscripts of its library, including the four Patriarchal Manuscripts at issue in the lawsuit. The stolen Patriarchal Manuscripts were thereafter disseminated to dealers, book sellers and auction houses across Central Europe and four of them are now in Princeton’s collection. Princeton purchased one of the Patriarchal Manuscripts from a Frankfurt-based auction house in 1921. The other three were purchased in 1924 by a Princeton trustee and alumnus who ultimately donated them to Princeton in 1942. It is a fundamental legal principle that one cannot acquire valid title to property from a thief. Therefore, as a result of the theft that took the Patriarchal Manuscripts from their rightful owner, Princeton never acquired good title or interest in the Patriarchal Manuscripts. When it was discovered that the Patriarchal Manuscripts were in Princeton’s possession, His All Holiness asked for their return, but Princeton failed to do so. We believe the right course of action is to return the stolen items to where they belong. Indeed, when the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois discovered that they possessed a different manuscript that was also part of the 1917 theft, it graciously and promptly returned ...

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