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Patriarch Bartholomew Honored in Athens by New US Ambassador

The new US ambassador to Greece, George J. Tsunis, hosted a reception for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Saturday in Athens. An Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Ambassador said he was clearly pleased and honored that His All-Holiness and Tsunis’...

Holy Myrrh: The 57 Rare Ingredients of the Sanctified Orthodox Oil

The Holy Myrrh, or Holy Myron, the oil with the highest level of sanctification in the Christian Church, was prepared during the Holy Week at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul to be distributed throughout the Orthodox world. The sacred liquid...

War in Ukraine Dominates Opening of the Delphi Economic Forum

The war in Ukraine dominated the opening of the prestigious Delphi Economic Forum on Wednesday with remarks by several heads of state. The Forum opened in person in Delphi after two years of online and hybrid formats due to the...

Invasion of Ukraine Has Split 300 Million Orthodox Christians

Russia's decision to invade Ukraine has split the Orthodox Church. Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, a leading authority of the Eastern Orthodox Church, quickly condemned the “unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.” By contrast, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the...

Orthodox Church Splits From Russia, Requests to Join Constantinople Patriarchate

A Russian Orthodox church in Holland said on Saturday it is cutting ties with the patriarchate in Russia and has requested to join the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In a statement posted to its website it said that after a...

Patriarch Bartholomew Warns Ukraine Crisis Could Escalate into Third World War

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew warned on Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine could escalate into a third world war. During his sermon after the Sunday service at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Fanar, Istanbul he stressed that weapons were not the solution...

Greece Blasts Turkey Over Panagia Soumela “Desecration”

Greece and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew blasted Turkey on Tuesday over the "desecration" of the Panagia Soumela Monastery which was turned into a nightclub for an advertising video clip. The controversial video clip, with a DJ playing loud electronic music in...

Imbros Island Greek Orthodox Chapels Get a New Kiss of Life

The Greek Orthodox chapels on Imbros, in today's Turkey, that were left demolished and desecrated are gradually being restored. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew opened a renovated chapel at Imbros, the Aegean island where Greeks lived for centuries, earlier this week. The old...

Russia Hinting at Establishing Exarchate in Turkey, Deepening Schism

The Russian Orthodox Church is hinting that it wants to establish an exarchate in Turkey, as it has just done in Africa, taking 102 formerly Greek Orthodox prelates under its jurisdiction, deepening the schism that opened up in the...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Tests Positive for Covid

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has tested positive for Covid-19, the Patriarchate at Constantinople announced on Friday. “His Holiness, who is fully vaccinated, is currently showing mild symptoms, but his general condition is good,” an announcement said. It added that "immediately after the...