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  • MP is against Constantinople’s attempts to intervene in other Orthodox Churches’ affairs

    11/22/2006 7:31:01 AM PST · by kawaii · 28 replies · 395+ views
    interfax ^ | 22 November 2006, 14:54 | interfax
    22 November 2006, 14:54 Moscow Patriarchate is against Constantinople’s attempts to intervene in other Orthodox Churches’ affairs Moscow, November 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church denies that the Patriarchate of Constantinople can intervene in internal affairs of other Churches and urges to prevent division in the Orthodox world. ‘We deny the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s capacity to intervene in the jurisdiction of other Churches. This idea separates us from Rome at present,’ said the Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad at the opening of the annual Radonezh festival of Orthodox...
  • British Historian Claims to Have Found the Temple Treasures

    10/09/2006 12:29:32 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 58 replies · 2,408+ views
    What happened to the 50 tons of gold, silver and sacred treasures looted from Herod's Temple following the Roman legionnaires' sack of Jerusalem on Tisha b'Av in the year 70 CE? The Arch of Titus in Rome, erected shortly after the death of Titus who reigned as emperor from 79 to 81, clearly depicts Roman soldiers bearing on their shoulders the golden candelabrum, silver trumpets and bejewelled Table of the Divine Presence which the Roman emperor Vespasian and his son Titus carted back to Rome as trophies of war. Between 75 CE and the early 5th century, the treasure...
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Denounces Moscow's "3rd Rome" Theory

    10/08/2006 7:06:19 AM PDT · by kawaii · 68 replies · 2,171+ views
    ORTHODOXOS TYPOS ^ | 15-09-2004 10:15 | ORTHODOXOS TYPOS
    "ORTHODOXOS TYPOS": Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Denounces Moscow's "3rd Rome" Theory According to the Athens newspaper To Vima of 8 July 2004, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew responded to the "3rd Rome" theory of the Patriarch of Moscow (which had been brought up for discussion during the 8th International Assemblage of the Russian Orthodox Church) by calling it "...foolish, hubristic, and blasphemous," because " resounds with the spirit of caesarpapism and vaticanism; something totally unacceptable to the Orthodox Church." To Vima went on to report that the Ecumenical Patriarch replied specifically to the positions and arguments posited by the attending Church hierarchy and...
  • The Pope of Rome and the Patriarch.

    08/14/2006 11:20:26 AM PDT · by Rampolla · 16 replies · 548+ views
    August 14, 2006 | Rampolla
    There's an icon of the Pope of Rome and the Patricarch of Constantinople in a church in Greece.
  • 1,500-Year-Old Byzantine Port Discovered

    07/23/2006 10:52:01 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 940+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 22, 2006 | Benjamin Harvey
    It seems a typical scene of urban decay: abandoned buildings, crumbling walls, trash and broken wine bottles. Yet it's more than 1,500 years old. Engineers uncovered these ruins of an ancient Byzantine port during drilling for a huge underground rail tunnel. Like Romans, Athenians and residents of other great historic cities, the people of Istanbul can hardly put a shovel in the ground without digging up something important. But the ancient port uncovered last November in the Yenikapi neighborhood is of a different scale: It has grown into the largest archaeological dig in Istanbul's history, and the port's extent is...
  • Pope's Address to Constantinople Patriarch - On Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/30/2006 7:00:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 277+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 29, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, JUNE 30, 2006 ( Here is the address Benedict XVI delivered Thursday to members of a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, led by Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas of Pergamum, who came to Rome on the occasion of the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. * * * Dear Brothers in Christ, With great joy and sincere affection in the Lord, I welcome today your eminence, Metropolitan Ioannis, and the other members of the delegation that his holiness Bartholomew I and the Holy Synod of the ecumenical patriarchate have graciously sent for the feast of Sts. Peter and...
  • There’s a Dossier on Turkey on the Pope’s Table (Benedict XVI will go to Istanbul in November)

    03/22/2006 9:47:21 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies · 578+ views
    L'Espresso ^ | March 22, 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, March 22, 2006 – In the summer of 2004, when he was a cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger on two occasions defined as “a great error” the addition of Turkey to the European Union. But now that Ratzinger is pope, his position is no longer one of prejudicial rejection. This can be gathered from an article published in the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits that is examined and approved by the Holy See before being printed. The author of the article is Jesuit Fr. Giovanni Sale, a specialist in the political history of the...

    01/07/2006 8:23:27 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 5 replies · 235+ views
    EURASIA INSIGHT ^ | 1/06/06 | Thomas Galen Grove
    At recent Sunday morning services held at Istanbul’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church, a mere 26 worshipers lined up to receive communion in a nave designed to hold hundreds. With bread in hand they proceeded to circumambulate the church’s four main pillars, with some kissing a giant portrait of Jesus, before leaving. The scene helps illustrate the difficulties facing the Turkey’s Greek community. In addition to adverse demographic trends, church representatives complain that Turkish property legislation is threatening efforts to sustain Turkey’s Greek community. In a country where 99 percent of the population is Muslim, religion has served as a...
  • Overcoming the church schism is a condition for Ukraine’s welfare - Metropolitan Kirill

    11/28/2005 6:12:06 AM PST · by x5452 · 1 replies · 129+ views
    Interfax ^ | 11/25/05
    Overcoming the church schism is a condition for Ukraine’s welfare - Metropolitan Kirill Kiev, November 25, Interfax - ‘The overcoming of the existing Orthodox schism is an indispensable condition for the economic and cultural welfare of Ukraine’, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad stated at his meeting with the episcopate and clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and students of the Kiev Theological Academy that took place last Thursday at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves. The head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR) condemned the actions aimed at ‘consolidating the schism with attempts to involve...
  • Violence on Patriarchate in Turkey(my title b/c MSM blackout,Moslems attack Christian Leader)

    11/06/2005 12:36:04 PM PST · by longtermmemmory · 6 replies · 423+ views
    ".....the most recent hostile demonstrations and threats against the holy center of world Orthodoxy, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, in Istanbul, Turkey. This latest assault took place last Thursday, October 28, when groups of Turkish nationalists and other extreme elements demonstrated in Phanar against the Ecumenical Patriarchate chanting slogans such as “one night we’ll come to the Phanar,” “go away Patriarch,” “Patriarch don’t test our patience,” “take the Patriarchate and go to Greece,” and the like. Before police intervened, the angry demonstrators reached the entrance to the Patriarchal compound, and placed a black wreath in front of the gate. ......"
  • Hagia Sophia Petition(Restore as condition for EU membership for Turkey Petition. History Lesson)

    08/07/2005 11:42:58 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 12 replies · 1,417+ views ^ | August 2005 | Angeliki Papagika and partners
    If you believe in the just case that Hagia Sophia should be restored to its proper religious role as a church, for which it was built in the first place, then we ask you to support our petition to the EU Parliament that Turkey should not be admitted as a member of the European Community until it restores Hagia Sophia to its original purpose as a church and not a museum. We need a minimum of 1.000.000 signatures in order to force the European Union to consider this proposal seriously and debate it immediately as one of the conditions to...
  • Monks Under Persecution

    07/21/2005 8:16:56 AM PDT · by Graves · 21 replies · 703+ views
    Greece’s highest administrative court has rejected an appeal by Esphigmenou Monastery, upholding their eviction from the 1,000-year-old Esphigmenou Monastery. According to court sources, the Council of State ruled that it had no jurisdiction to decide whether the Esphigmenou monks were schismatic, as the Patriarchate has declared. The court decided that, under Greece’s constitution, the patriarchate has supreme spiritual authority over the semi-autonomous Mount Athos monastic community and is not subject to judicial scrutiny of such matters. The monks in Esphigmenou Monastery have been ordered out.
  • Pope makes gesture to Orthodox Church returns relics saints seized by Crusaders to Istanbul

    10/21/2004 10:38:17 PM PDT · by Destro · 1 replies · 164+ views ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2004 · Last updated 5:24 a.m. PT | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Thursday, October 21, 2004 · Last updated 5:24 a.m. PT Pope makes gesture to Orthodox Church THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY -- The pope won't be going to Istanbul, but in a gesture to the Orthodox Church he is returning the relics of two saints that were seized by Crusaders 800 years ago, Vatican officials said Thursday. Ecumenical Patriarch Barthlomew I of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, had asked for the return of the relics when he met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in June. At that time, he also invited the pope to visit...
  • Turks Say "No" to Reopening Halki School ("training center for Christian talibans") (!)

    09/16/2004 10:05:40 AM PDT · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 9 replies · 289+ views
    The National Herald | September 12, 2004 | Theodore Kalmoukos
    BOSTON - The Theological School of Halki of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will not open as was highly expected and despite the many assurances given by the Turkish government to U.S. President George Bush during his visit to Turkey last June, and to Greek Orthodox Church leaders. According to exclusive information acquired by The National Herald, the Council of National Security of Turkey has decided to "freeze" indefinitely the issue of reopening the Theological School of Halki. The Herald has learned that the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was confronted with strong opposition, even threats, by the military generals and other...

    05/29/2004 10:55:55 PM PDT · by Destro · 170+ views ^ | May 11, 2004 |
    THE FALL OF CONSTANTINOPLE AND THE WEST The coming 29th of May marks the sad 551 st anniversary since the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks. Much has been written about this tragic event, but the famous Finish author Mika Waltary has crystallized the impact of this tragedy to the western world, as to what will happen to the west if Constantinople falls, in the following few phrases: "Flesh without spirit," I said. "Life without hope, the slavery of mankind —a bondage so hopeless that slaves will no longer know they are slaves. Wealth without happiness, abun­dance without the...
  • PATRIARCH’S PARDON: Vartholomaios forgives Catholics for sack of Constantinople in 1204

    04/14/2004 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Destro · 55 replies · 246+ views ^ | Wednesday April 14, 2004 |
    Wednesday April 14, 2004 PATRIARCH’S PARDONVartholomaios forgives Catholics for sack of Constantinople in 1204 Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios yesterday forgave Catholics for the 1204 sack of Constantinople by crusaders from the Fourth Crusade during a liturgy in Istanbul marking the 800th anniversary of the event and attended by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon. “We cannot forget that tragic day for Constantinople and for our Patriarchate but we forgive... and we accept with satisfaction the expression of their regret and the reassurance that the West will never again undertake such an abomination against the Christians of the East,” Vartholomaios said. “It...
  • 1204 AD: What Really Happened (Crusades)

    03/09/2004 4:26:36 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 1,390+ views
    Athens News ^ | 3-9-2004 | Judith Herrin
    1204: What really happened? When Saladin retook the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem for Islam in 1187,Pope Innocent III declared a new crusade to recapture it. But the crusaders ran into financial difficulties and took advantage of Greek imperial in fighting to raise money. The scheme was a disaster, laying Constantinople to waste, gutting its churches and sending many of its citizens into slavery in Europe. The crusaders never went on to Jerusalem, but calcified the mistrust between eastern and western Christendom IN THE history of crusading, the idea that Christians should unite against Muslims for the defence of the Holy...
  • The glories of the Ottoman Empire are a Turkish delight

    11/01/2003 11:22:52 AM PST · by Willie Green · 88 replies · 548+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Saturday, November 01, 2003 | Dan Simpson
    <p>Having lived nine years in parts of the former Ottoman Empire but never having visited Turkey, the country at the core of that entity, I was looking forward to seeing what its largest city and former capital, Istanbul, looked like.</p>
  • Crusade vs. Jihad The rage of Muslim fundamentalists against America, the 'Great Satan

    07/19/2003 11:36:40 AM PDT · by freeforall · 17 replies · 3,253+ views
    The London Free Press (Canada) ^ | july 2003 | SALIM MANSUR
    Crusade vs. Jihad The rage of Muslim fundamentalists against America, the 'Great Satan,' can be traced back to holy wars of the 11th century and winds through a history of European colonialism and Cold War competition. SALIM MANSUR, For the London Free Press On the Sunday following 9/11, President George W. Bush spoke to Americans reeling from the shock of terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The twin towers of the World Trade Center had collapsed, but the fires and smoke from Ground Zero were still visible and painted Manhattan's skyline in dull brown and grey. Bush appealed for...
  • Weapons of Mass Distraction: Are we blind?

    06/19/2003 4:24:02 PM PDT · by xsysmgr · 22 replies · 253+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 19, 2003 | Walid Phares
    A few days before the fall of Constantinople to the armies of Ottoman jihad, some six centuries ago, a strange debate was taking place inside the imperial city. Constantinople then had a very loud senate, stubborn theologians, and merciless philosophers. It was the heir to Greco-Roman civilization, but also host to hot debates — so hot that they effectively isolated the city's elites from the realities of then-world politics. The political establishment of the Eastern Rome was consumed in complex rhetoric — what historians would later call "Byzantine debate." Just days before the city fell to the Islamic armies...