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February 29 Marks 80th Birthday of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

2020 is a leap year, meaning that February has 29 instead of 28 days, and millions of people this year are celebrating their birthday accurately, for the first time since ...2016! A person born on February 29 may be called a...

Turkey to Turn Historic Orthodox Church Into a Mosque; Is Hagia Sophia Next?

Turkey's Council of State, the country's highest administrative court, has recently approved changing the historic Chora Greek Orthodox Church located in Istanbul, currently a museum, into a mosque. Commentators say that sets the legal precedent for transforming Hagia Sophia, the...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Castigates Moscow Patriarchate Over Ukraine

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I strongly criticized the Russian Patriarchate of Moscow on Tuesday regarding the issue of the independence of the Ukrainian Church. The already-cool relations between the two Christian Orthodox Patriarchates were completely severed a few...

”It’s Not Constantinople, It’s Istanbul; It’s Islam-bul” Turkey’s Erdogan Says

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared that still ''there are people who want to see Istanbul as Constantinople,'' on Saturday. Erdogan was participating in the series of public spectacles and events which Turkey organizes every year on the occasion of the...

Turkey’s Erdogan Repeats Threats To Turn Hagia Sophia Into Mosque

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated on Friday his intentions to change Hagia Sophia's status from Museum to Mosque. Erdogan has made Hagia Sophia one of the main topics of the political discourse in Turkey ahead of Sunday's local...

Turning Hagia Sophia into Mosque Requires UNESCO’s Approval, Officials Say

Greek media, citing sources from UNESCO on Wednesday morning, reported that the Paris-based organization has tried to halt Erdogan’s plans to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine Christian Cathedral until Constantinople’s fall in 1453, is now...

New Zealand Killer’s Reference to Hagia Sofia Angers President Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan responded angrily on Friday to the so-called manifesto of the New Zealand killer, which contained hateful anti-Islamic language. The pages-long rant by white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, reveals an obsession with historical figures who fought...

Ukrainian Church Independent as of January 6, 2019

The Autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will be made official in special ceremonies which will take place in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on January 6, on the Feast of the Epiphany. The ceremonies will be held in...

Putin Blasts Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Russian President Vladimir Putin made scathing remarks concerning the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during his annual press conference in Moscow on Thursday. According to the Ukrainian website KyivPost, Putin harshly criticized Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, saying that his attitude toward...

Caring for the Church of Ukraine: Constantinople’s Calm Carries the Day

By Evagelos Sotiropoulos * Presided over by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople recently announced a number of decisions related to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. The announcement from...