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The Epoch of Orthodoxy – An Interview with Abbot Ephraim of Vatopaidi

(By Archimandrite Ephraim) On the 19th of May this year, a meeting occurred between students of Moscow theological schools and Abbot of Athonite monastery Vatopedi, Archimandrite Ephraim. The Vice Dean for Education, Abbot Bassian (Zmejev) received and greeted this respected guest. This was not the first meeting of this kind, since Abbot Ephraim had already…

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Pays Historic Visit to Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul

ISTANBUL – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will attend the Papal Mass at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul today. Patriarch Bartholomew will be received by Pope Francis at the entrance and the two leaders will jointly process into the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, where the Pope is to celebrate Mass for…

Pope Francis Returns to the Phanar to Attend Divine Liturgy

ISTANBUL – Pope Francis was enthusiastically greeted for a second time upon his arrival at the Ecumenical Patriarchate today, where he attended the Divine Liturgy to commemorate the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron saint of the Church of Constantinople, the Byzantine name for present-day Istanbul. The Pope was received by Elder Metropolitan…

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis Sign Joint Declaration

ISTANBUL – Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed a Joint Declaration with consequential importance for Christian unity and momentous impact on the suffering of Christians in the Middle East. The two leaders recalled with joy and gratitude their recent encounter in Jerusalem to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the meeting there of their predecessors,…

Departure of His Holiness Pope Francis from the Phanar

ISTANBUL – His Holiness Pope Francis departed the Phanar after attending the celebrations for the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Thronal Feast on the occasion of the Feast of St. Andrew, first-called of the Apostles and brother of St. Peter, the founder of the Church of Rome. The Joint Declaration signed by both Primates affirmed their personal commitment…

His All-Holiness visits UN Office in Geneva

On the morning of Friday, December, 5, 2014, His All-Holiness visited the seat of the United Nations in Geneva, together with his entourage, where he was warmly welcomed by Michael Møller, Acting Director of the United Nations Office at Geneva as well as of the Economic Commission for Europe. Also present was Ambassador Alexandros Alexandris,…

Syrian church head condemns violence against religious institutions

Kochi : Condemning acts of violence against religious institutions, the Supreme head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem-II today urged the Union Government to ensure that religious extremism and violence do not ‘creep’ into Indian society. ‘We condemn any religious desecration of (institutions) Christians, Muslims or Buddhisits. These are sacred places and…

Metropolitan Joseph Celebrates Milestones with Chicago Community

Metropolitan Joseph elevates Fr. MousaView the photos by Toni Milak and Sami Studio. Between January 15– 18, 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph made his first visit to Chicago as Metropolitan, to St. Mary Orthodox Church of Palos Heights, IL, to join Fr. Mousa Haddad, Fr. Malek Rihani, and their parishioners. Throughout the weekend, His Eminence…

Youth Corner

TO OUR YOUNG READERS: One of the projects that we intend to introduce in the Youth Corner is the Lives of Saints, who are models and examples of Christian living. It is by imitating holy men and women who practiced heroic Christian virtues of love, chastity, purity, virginity, honesty, humility, justice, temperance, wisdom and fortitude,…

THE EASTER SERMON OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Kuriakos Thottupuram, Ph.D., D.D. If you are devout and love God, enjoy this beautiful and radiant celebration. If you are a grateful servant, enter, rejoicing, into the joy of your Lord. If you followed the fast, receive your payment now. If you worked from the first hour, receive today your just reward. If you came…

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