Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan Requests Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land

Munib Younan
Bishop Munib Younan

As Bishop Munib Younan prepares to attend the prayer service at the Vatican with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres, he has asked that our friends and partners around the world pray for peace based on justice for both nations and peoples:

“We Christians have the power of prayer.  Prayer will change us – it will not change the mind of God, which is the mind of peace – but it will change us and change the minds of our leaders.  It will show our leaders that our people in both Palestine and Israel don’t want any more hatred, they don’t want any more violence, they don’t want any more separation, they don’t want any more occupation, they don’t want any more blood shed.  They want to live with their children and grandchildren lives of peace with justice.
I would ask all the Lutherans in the world support us in their prayers during Sunday services that God will change the minds of our leaders and people towards peace.” Continue reading “Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan Requests Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land”

CBS Interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

8 August 2010

Patriarch Bartholomew, the leader of the Orthodox Christian Church, feels “crucified” living in Turkey under a government he says would like to see his nearly 2,000-year-old Patriarchate die out. Bob Simon reports.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I Criticises Orthodox Nationalism


This amazingly candid address, which openly criticises the nationalism and philetism, as well as the anti-ecumenical spirit that is prevalent in some majority Orthodox contexts was read by the Ecumenical Patriarch on 24 April 2014 in the Old Catholic cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands (the emphases are mine).

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Address By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew At The Old Catholic Cathedral

Your Eminences,
Your Excellencies,
Dear brothers and sisters,

Christ is Risen!

Orthodox Christians experience the Lord’s Resurrection as the crowning event of the divine economy, as the ultimate revelation of the eschatological glory intended for humankind and creation in its entirety. Easter constitutes “an explosion of joy,” as the late Father Dimitru Staniloae once described it, the indescribable joy for the triumph of life over death. The light of Christ’s Resurrection illumines all aspects of life, infusing as it does the Orthodox faith and spirituality, divine worship, ministry, the daily life of the faithful people, the whole of Church life, and the entire creation. “Now all things are filled with light: heaven and earth, and the nethermost regions. So let all creation celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, whereby it is established.” Continue reading “Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I Criticises Orthodox Nationalism”

Patriarhul Bartolomeu I, angajat in mod ferm in dialogul ecumenic si inter-religios

23.12.2010, Istanbul (Catholica) – În contextul apropierii sărbătorii Crăciunului, Patriarhul Bartolomeu I al Constantinopolului a ţinut un discurs în faţa unei audienţe formată din reprezentanţi ai lumii ortodoxe, informează AsiaNews, discurs în care a apărat poziţia Patriarhiei ecumenice în favoarea dialogului, atât ecumenic cât şi inter-religios. “Vom insista pe dialog, în ciuda criticilor care ni se aduc. Există, din păcate, un anumit fundamentalism religios, un fenomen tragic, ce se regăseşte între ortodocşi şi între catolici, între musulmani şi între evrei. Sunt oameni care cred că doar ei au dreptul să existe pe pământ, ca şi cum doar ei ar avea dreptul să conducă planeta. Şi spun că nu mai este spaţiu pentru alţii, şi deci se opun oricărei forme de dialog.” Continue reading “Patriarhul Bartolomeu I, angajat in mod ferm in dialogul ecumenic si inter-religios”