The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

The significance of the joint visit to the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, by . . . .

Source: The Patriarch, the Pope, and the Refugee Crisis | John Chryssavgis | First Things

‘The power of ecumenism lies in beginning to open up beyond ourselves and our own, our communities and our churches. It is learning to speak the language of care and compassion. And it is giving priority to solidarity and service.’

The Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church – Planned for 2016 in Constantinople


Image from the recent Synaxis (Patriarch Daniel of Romania,
on the left, in white garments)

At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Primates of all the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches will gather from March 6-9, 2014, for a Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in order to deliberate on matters pertaining to the entire Orthodox Church throughout the world and procedural issues for the convocation of the Holy and Great Council, whose preparation is coming to an end.

Prior to this, from March 4-5, 2014, a Preparatory Committee for the Synaxis was also held at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan John [Zizioulas] of Pergamon, in order to formulate the program of proceedings and draft the Message of the Primates, who will conclude the Synaxis with a concelebration on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in the venerable Patriarchal Church of St. George, thereby also visibly expressing the unity of Orthodoxy.

During this festive Divine Liturgy on the occasion of great feast of Orthodoxy, the Message of the Primates [see below] will be read from the Patriarchal Ambon to the faithful of the Most Holy Churches throughout the world.

Message of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches (Mar 2014)

Continue reading “The Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church – Planned for 2016 in Constantinople”

Orthodox patriarch to attend pope’s installation in Rome in historic gesture – The Washington Post

Orthodox patriarch to attend pope’s installation in Rome in historic gesture – The Washington Post.

This is indeed a courageous ecumenical gesture of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, one for which, I am sure, the monastic community of Mount Athos (and many in the fundamentalist wing of the monastic community in Romania) will love him even less than they already do (not).

Truth does not fear dialogue


Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Indifference in regard to Christian unity is not an option for the disciples of Jesus, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated in an encyclical issued on the occasion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

“It is not possible for the Lord to agonize over the unity of His disciples and for us to remain indifferent about the unity of all Christians,” Bartholomew wrote in the encyclical. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is commemorated this year on 21 February. Continue reading “Truth does not fear dialogue”

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