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  • No Impediments Remain to Full Communion, Pope Tells Orthodox Patriarch

    11/30/2015 3:10:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    In a message to the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis wrote that "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth." The Pope's message to the Ecumenical Patriarch was timed for November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Constantinople see. Each year the Holy See sends a delegation to celebrate that feast with the Ecumenical Patriarch, just as the Orthodox leader sends representatives to Rome for the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. This...
  • 2014 Nativity Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

    12/24/2014 11:33:37 AM PST · by lightman · 2 replies
    Antiochian Christian Orthodox Archdiocese ^ | 24 December AD 2014 | His Beatitude John X
    By the mercy of God, Patriarch John X, The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East To my brother pastors of the Antiochian Holy Church, and my children throughout the Holy See "Heaven and Earth are made one today, for Christ is born. Today God is come upon the earth, and man is gone up into the Heavens. Today He Who by nature is invisible, for man's sake is seen in the flesh. For this cause, let us also give glory and cry out to Him: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, which Thy...
  • In Turkey, Pope Francis got a look at Christianity on the margins

    12/01/2014 2:03:21 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | November 30, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kisses Pope Francis as they embrace during an ecumenical prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 29. (CNS/Paul Haring) Pope Francis, who...
  • Never before seen - Francis bows his head and asks Separated Patriarch: "Bless me...

    11/29/2014 4:30:23 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 116 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/29/14 | New Catholic
    Never before seen - Francis bows his head and asks Separated Patriarch: "Bless me and the Church of Rome" Istanbul, November 29, 2014. ... Filled of "gratitude and eagerly waiting", [the Pope] concludes [his address] by wishing Bartholomew and the Church of Constantinople the "fraternal" wishes for the feast of the patron saint to be celebrated tomorrow. In return he asked - unexpectedly - for a favor: "Bless me and the Catholic Church", bowing his head, waiting for the 'brother' to lay hands on him. And Bartholomew, without hesitation, gives him a kiss on the head affectionately. [Italian] Listening to...
  • Patriarchs Call on Region's Christians to Hold on to Their Lands

    07/04/2014 6:25:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 7/3/14 | Antoine Amrieh
    Balamand, Lebanon -- The patriarchs of Eastern churches Tuesday deplored the raging violence in Iraq and Syria that has caused a massive wave of refugees, exhorting Christians to maintain their presence in the region's war-torn countries and keep hold of their lands. In a statement released at the opening of their Holy Synod in Lady of Balamand Convent in north Lebanon, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, Melkite Gregorius III Lahham, Syriarc Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Younan, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem and Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi released a statement on local and regional developments. "The patriarchs prayed for the people...
  • LATROBE, PA: Anglican Patriarch J.I. Packer Still Going Strong at 87

    06/29/2014 2:31:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 6-28-14 | David W. Virtue
    LATROBE, PA: Anglican Patriarch J.I. Packer Still Going Strong at 87 An exclusive interview with the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer. By David W. Virtue June 28, 2014 The Rev. Dr. James I. Packer is the Anglican Communion’s most widely known, most respected evangelical Anglican author, theologian, churchman and scholar. He was a speaker at the recent Anglican Church of North America’s 2nd Annual Assembly meeting at St. Vincent Archabbey and College in Latrobe, PA, on the occasion of the induction of a new archbishop of the ACNA and a farewell to the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, the ACNA’s first...
  • Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew pray together at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    05/25/2014 1:04:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 25, 2014
    Pope Francis stands with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as they meet outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (PA) Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ’s death and resurrection.“We need to believe that, just as the stone before the tomb was cast aside, so, too, every obstacle to our full communion will also be removed,” the Pope said during a prayer service at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre today.“Every time we put behind us...
  • The Pope and the Patriarch in Jerusalem

    05/21/2014 6:29:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2014 | Gabriel S. Sanchez
    This coming Sunday, May 25, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet the Eastern Orthodox Church’s Ecumenical Patriarch (EP) Bartholomew at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in order to commemorate the golden jubilee of the historic meeting between their respective predecessors, Paul VI and Athenagoras. According to the EP’s official website for the event, the occasion is “expected to be a strong symbolic confirmation of the commitment and determination to continue the path which the two great Church leaders inaugurated half a century ago.” Whether it will amount to anything more than that remains to be seen....
  • Hopes rise that pope, patriarch meeting renews Christian unity effort

    05/02/2014 3:06:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | May 2, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    ROME (CNS) -- The Orthodox bishop who is coordinating the upcoming pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said he hopes the patriarch's May 25 meeting with Pope Francis will give new impetus to efforts for Christian unity. But he also said the two leaders are likely to discuss a range of common concerns, including the predicament of Christians in the Middle East, conservation of the natural environment, and defense of the traditional family. "We hope that this will not just be a meeting like others, but we hope that this will give a new horizon for the...
  • Address by EP Bartholomew to assembled Patriarchs

    03/06/2014 6:28:13 PM PST · by lightman · 3 replies
    Byzzantine TX ^ | 6 March AD 2014 | Josephus Flavius
    It is hard to express how comprehensive and important this address is. Questions people have been posing for decades are discussed here. You will also see two major points that will not be discussing in the upcoming council. It is well worth reading in its entirety. (Ecumenical Patriarchate) - Your Beatitudes and most venerable Brothers in Christ, First-Hierarchs of the Most Holy Orthodox Churches, and honorable members of your entourages, Welcome to the courtyard of our Church, the martyric and historical Ecumenical Patriarchate, this humble servant of unity in Christ for us all. From the depths of our heart, we...
  • Turkey Increases Security for Orthodox Patriarch

    05/11/2013 8:55:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/10/13
    An official says Turkish authorities have tightened security for the Istanbul-based Orthodox Patriarchate following allegations of a plot to attack the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians. Unconfirmed local media reports said Friday police briefly detained a man following a tip that he planned to assassinate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. Haberturk newspaper said prosecutors in Ankara were investigating the alleged plot. Police wouldn't confirm the reports, and the prosecutor's office did not immediately return calls.
  • Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople to Attend Papal Installation Mass

    03/16/2013 3:46:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | March 15, 2013
    Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew in 2006 at the Patriarch's residence in Instanbul Tuesday will be a landmark day in the history of Christianity and ecumenical relations: the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople will attend Pope Francis' installation Mass. As if that wasn't enough, three other Orthodox bishops are coming with him! I cannot stress enough what a hugely significant moment this is in Christian history! It is the first time that such a thing has happened since the Great Western Schism in 1054. This is almost impossible to believe!!! Here's the report that is rocking...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Opposes Plan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    02/22/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Bartholomew I says Hagia Sophia should stay a museum (ANSAMed)
  • Vatican: Chaldean leaders gather for crucial election of new Patriarch

    01/28/2013 3:39:38 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | January 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) The ‘delicate historical moment’ that the ancient Chaldean Church of Babylon is experiencing and the need for unity in its leadership were the chief concerns expressed Monday morning as the Patriarchal Synod opened here in Rome. Emer McCarthy reports: Convoked by Pope Benedict XVI, under the Presidency of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, the Synod has the task of electing a new Patriarch, Pater et Caput of the Chaldean Church, to succeed Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly.Comprised of fifteen men, the bishops come mainly from Iraq, ancestral home of the Chaldean Church, but...
  • (Maronite Patriarch) Rai heads to Iraq to express solidarity with Christians

    11/01/2011 5:46:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1+ views
    The Daily Star (Beirut) ^ | November 01, 2011
    Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai left for Iraq Monday where he led a mass at the Our Lady of Salvation church on the first anniversary of an attack that left 58 people dead. Rai was accompanied by Bishop Camille Zaidan and Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan. “It is necessary that we go together [with Younan] to Baghdad to express solidarity with the Iraqi people, the entire Iraqi people who definitely reject violence and war,” Rai told reporters at Rafik Hariri International Airport prior to his departure. “And also to express our solidarity and brotherhood with our Christian brothers and...
  • Maronite patriarch preaches in Uniontown (NY bishop criticizes Obama)

    10/18/2011 7:38:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Post Gazette ^ | October 18, 2011 | Ann Rodgers
    The Maronite Catholic patriarch of Lebanon brought a message of universal forgiveness and mercy Monday to a Uniontown parish overflowing with Lebanese Catholics eager to see him. "Have you ever tried to live in a world without forgiveness? It is a cold, harsh and unbearable world," Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai told 750 people who had greeted him with applause and ululation. St. George Maronite Catholic Church in Uniontown holds 250 people and a tent was erected outside its front door to accommodate 500 more.He said that forgiveness and mercy is needed among Christians, Muslims and Jews, within the Christian church...
  • Churches of the Solovki Monastery Crowned With Cupolas and Crosses on 500 Ruble Banknote

    09/16/2011 8:35:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/15/11
    Moscow, September 15, Interfax - Depiction of Orthodox crosses appeared on a new 500 ruble banknote issued on September 6. Official website of the Bank of Russia represents a drawing of the new banknote, on its backside crosses crown churches of the Solovki Monastery. The previous banknote depicted the monastery in its "Soviet" variant without crosses. Depictions of cupolas and crosses appeared at the banknote after Patriarch Kirill's petition to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion on Thursday. He reminded that once when the Patriarch visited Solovki...
  • BISHOP BECHARA RAHI installed as new Patriarch for the Maronite Catholic Church

    03/26/2011 11:40:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Maronite Heritage ^ | March 25, 2011 | Fr. Antonio Elfeghali
    BISHOP BECHARA RAHI (Name Translation: Bechara=Annunciation and Rahi =Shepherd) became our Shepherd on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm Lebanon Time) (Picture taken by Fr. Antonio Elfeghali on March 25, 2011) "We will live together this communion through charity in Lebanon whose glory is in its mission... The motto "the Glory of Lebanon is given to him" is taken from Isaiah. It is given to the Patriarch and his church as long as they commit to build the communion and to witness to love. The Glory of Lebanon is diminished when closed in and isolated. But it grows and goes...
  • Who are Maronite Catholics?

    03/16/2011 7:41:14 AM PDT · by DogwoodSouth · 11 replies
    Southern-fried Catholicism ^ | 03/16/2011 | Brad Noel
    Bishop Beshara Rai was elected as the 77th patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church today. He takes over after the retirement of 91-year-old Nasrallah Sfeir, who had served as the Maronite patriarch for 25 years. A patriarch is the highest-ranking bishop in a particular Church. Maronites were once the most important political bloc in Lebanon but since the 1960s, high emigration rates have reduced the community's size in the country. They still make up more than 20% of the Lebanese population and, according to an agreement enshrined in the country's constitution, the president of Lebanon must always be a Maronite....
  • Lebanon's Maronite (Catholic) Church elects new patriarch

    03/15/2011 10:39:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | March 15, 2011 | Natacha Yazbeck
    BEIRUT (AFP) – Bishop Beshara Rai was elected as the 77th patriarch of Lebanon's influential Maronite church on Tuesday to succeed Nasrallah Sfeir, at a time when his community's political loyalty is deeply divided. Monsignor Youssef Tawk, head of the council of Maronite bishops, announced the news from the church's headquarters in Bkerke, northeast of Beirut, after days of meetings behind closed doors during which the bishops voted on who would succeed the long-serving Sfeir. The head of the Maronite church wields considerable influence in Lebanon, where Christians make up about one-third of the four-million population. Rai, 71, a high-profile...
  • Maronite conclave to meet this week to elect new patriarch

    03/06/2011 1:31:53 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Daily Star ^ | March 5, 2011 | Elias Sakr
    BEIRUT: The Synod of Maronite bishops will convene on March 9 to elect a successor to Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, whose resignation was accepted last week by Pope Benedict XVI, the Council of Maronite Bishops announced Wednesday. Bishops will gather in a spiritual conclave at the seat of the Maronite patriarchate in Bkirki next Thursday at 6 p.m. in isolation from the outside world for a 15-day period to elect the church’s 77th patriarch, a statement released following the council’s meeting said. The meeting of the Council of Maronite Bishops, held on the first Wednesday of each month, was...
  • Pope-patriarch meeting? Time seems right, but nothing on the horizon (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    02/27/2011 4:53:00 PM PST · by Celtic Cross · 3 replies
    The Pilot ^ | Posted: 2/25/2011 | By Paul De Maeyer
    ROME ( -- "Welcome, Mr. President, this meeting of ours is very important," Benedict XVI told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Feb. 17 when the president visited the pope in the Vatican. These words underscore something of the visit's significance, Medvedev's first after the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Russia. It was at their first meeting in December 2009 that the president and pope agreed to upgrade existing ties to the level of full diplomatic relations. The customary press release from the Vatican's press office described Thursday's meeting in positive terms: "In the course of the...
  • the endangered Orthodox patriarchate of Constantinople [Catholic / Orthodox Caucus]

    09/08/2010 3:39:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Phil Lawler
    The Patriarch of Constantinople is the leading figure in the Orthodox world, the “first among equals” of the Orthodox patriarchs. So it is no small matter that the current Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, could be the last man to hold that title.On the Get Religion site, Terry Mattingly calls attention to an unusually informative CNN story on the topic. As CNN reports, the Orthodox community in Constantinople (Istanbul) is dwindling, endangered by falling birth rates, an increasingly assertive (and sometimes violent) Muslim majority in the region, and the Turkish laws that place sharp restrictions on the Orthodox leadership.But Mattingly observes...
  • Orthodox and Catholic Bond Deepens: Will the Two Lungs of the Church Breathe Together Again?

    05/21/2010 4:52:16 AM PDT · by tcg · 27 replies · 414+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/21/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    First, I must lay all my cards on the table. I long for the full communion of the Orthodox and Catholic Church. I pray daily for the full communion of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. I do so because I believe it is the will of God that "All May be One" (John 17: 21). I also believe that the healing of the division between the two churches would unleash a profound renewal of the entire Church at the dawn of what I believe is a new missionary age. I believe that the gifts found in the whole Church will...
  • World Orthodox Ecumenists Meet ELCA Delegation in Istanbul

    02/11/2010 4:51:50 PM PST · by lightman · 11 replies · 263+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 10 February AD 2010 | John Brooks
    ISTANBUL, Turkey (ELCA) -- A delegation of clergy and lay leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stressed "the long view" in ecumenical dialogue, a topic of discussion with leaders of the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate here Feb. 9. The Lutherans and Orthodox discussed the status of some of the 28 international Orthodox theological dialogues, dialogue difficulties and the overall desire for Christian unity. The Ecumenical Patriarchate is the global headquarters of the Eastern Orthodox. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, world Orthodox leader, met the ELCA delegation Feb. 8. He also hosted the Lutherans at a luncheon Feb. 9...
  • Christian witness 'more credible' in union, writes Pope in letter to Eastern Patriarch

    12/01/2009 6:34:51 AM PST · by NYer · 139 replies · 1,623+ views
    cna ^ | November 30, 2009
    Bartholomew I / Pope Benedict Vatican City, Nov 30, 2009 / 09:55 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI reached out to Bartholomew I and the Eastern Church Monday in his annual letter to the Patriarch celebrating the Feast of St. Andrew. The message encouraged continued ecumenical talks towards unification of the churches of the East and West and "openness to the Holy Spirit" to guide them in the process.   The letter was delivered to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Istanbul, Bartholomew I, by way of a Papal delegation led by the President of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity Cardinal Walter...
  • Serb Patriarch Pavle dies, spoke for Balkan peace

    11/15/2009 7:49:30 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 2 replies · 266+ views ^ | November 15, 2009 | Dusan Stojanovic (AP)
    BELGRADE, Serbia — Patriarch Pavle, who led Serbia's Christian Orthodox Church through its post-Communist revival and called for peace and conciliation during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, died Sunday. He was 95. There have been reports of an internal struggle over who would succeed Pavle, a respected theologian and linguist known for personal humility and modesty. The favorite is influential Bishop Amfilohije, a hard-liner known for his anti-Western and ultra-nationalist stands. The seven-million member church said its highest body, the Holy Synod, could announce Monday when Pavle's successor will be chosen. At least 40 days must pass after Pavle's...
  • Russia's Patriarch Kirill praises humility on St. Nicholas' Day

    05/22/2009 11:50:07 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 321+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 22/05/2009
    MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) - The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church spoke of the importance of meekness during a service on Friday in central Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral to commemorate St. Nicholas' Day. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, fishermen, children, travelers, the falsely accused and the sick, as well as of the cities of Bari, Amsterdam and Liverpool. He is also the archetype for the British and U.S. version of Santa Claus. He is especially venerated in Russia. On Friday, the Russian Orthodox Church marks the day when the relics of St. Nicholas the...
  • Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill is Enthroned

    02/02/2009 8:06:58 AM PST · by tcg · 1 replies · 324+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/01/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    His first message to the faithful - and to the world as millions watched by television and internet - emphasized his commitment to reaching out to the young, his dedication to working with those whom he called the “sister churches” and his strong intention to combat “moral relativism”. Each of these is, of course, being received with great hope and optimism by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. They echo so clearly the missionary mindset and urgent mission of his own Papacy. Finally, they signal to millions of Christian faithful the goodness of God in his response to their prayers. Polls...
  • Metropolitan Kirill elected head of Russian Orthodox Church

    01/27/2009 8:58:51 PM PST · by pobeda1945 · 252+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 27/ 01/ 2009
    MOSCOW, January 27 (RIA Novosti) - Metropolitan Kirill has been elected head of the Russian Orthodox Church, becoming the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Kirill received 508 votes, and the second candidate, Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk - 169 votes. A total of 700 ballots were cast in the vote, with 23 recognized as invalid. The Local Council, which is a council of bishops, priests, monks and laymen, including political figures and businessmen, gathered in Moscow earlier on Tuesday to elect the new Russian Orthodox Church leader. The 700-plus-member group convened for a session to elect a...
  • Russian Orthodox elect Metropolitan Kirill as new patriarch

    01/27/2009 3:21:17 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 338+ views
    CNA ^ | January 27, 2009
    Patriarch-elect Kirill Moscow, Jan 27, 2009 / 05:21 pm (CNA).- Meeting in Moscow today, the Russian Orthodox Church has elected Metropolitan Kirill as its new patriarch. Patriarch-elect Kirill’s election is being hailed as a boon for those seeking to buttress Orthodoxy against a spreading secularism. According to the Associated Press, Metropolitan Kirill received 508 of the 700 votes cast.  Prior to today’s election, Metropolitan Kirill was the most well-known candidate, having served as the head of the External Affairs Office for the Moscow patriarchate. Since the death of Patriarch Alexy II on December 5, 2008, he has functioned as the...
  • Russia welcomes Kirill as new head of Orthodox Church

    01/27/2009 11:44:03 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 782+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 1/27/2009 | n/a
    Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad has been elected the new head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Council, which comprised clergymen, monks and laymen, announced on Tuesday the results of the voting for the post of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Kirill has been temporarily in charge of the church since the death in December of Aleksy the Second. Kirill had previously been head of the external church relations department. He also hosted a TV programme popular among Russian believers and viewed on one of Russia’s main television channels. Kirill was an active supporter of the reunification between...
  • Russian church names three candidates to elect new patriarch

    01/25/2009 9:19:44 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 13 replies · 437+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 25/ 01/ 2009
    MOSCOW, January 25 (RIA Novosti) - The Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church announced on Sunday a shortlist of three candidates to elect a new leader following the death of Patriarch Alexy II last year. Patriarch Alexy II, who led the revival of Orthodoxy in the country after the demise of communism, died of heart failure at the age of 79 in December 2008. Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, was chosen by the Holy Synod as interim patriarch. The shortlist includes Metropolitans Kirill, Kliment and Filaret. Senior members of the Russian Orthodox Church met at the Christ...
  • Alexei II, the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church has passed away.

    12/05/2008 1:20:50 AM PST · by FreedomCalls · 4 replies · 413+ views
    RIA Novosti (In Russian) ^ | 05/12/2008 | Staff
    (Google Translation) The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II has died, reported RIA Novosti on Friday from a source in the Moscow Patriarchate. Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad urgently left the meeting the World Russian People's Cathedral of Christ the Savior Cathedral, reports RIA Novosti correspondent.
  • Scripture and the Meaning of Holiness (reaction of synod bishops to Bartholomew I's address)

    10/20/2008 4:39:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 621+ views
    ZNA ^ | October 19, 2008 | Father Thomas Rosica, CSB
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 19, 2008 ( One of the topics mentioned in a good number of the synod presentations was that of the saints and blessed who offer the Church concrete examples of lives rooted in the sacred Scriptures and the living Word of God. When Archbishop Angelo Amato, the new prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, addressed the synod Tuesday, he offered a very graphic image of lives rooted in the sacred Scriptures: For more than 2,000 years men and women, old and young, wise and ignorant, in the East as in the West, applied themselves to the...
  • Together with pope, ecumenical patriarch addresses synod for first time (in history)

    10/18/2008 1:17:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 609+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 18, 2008
    In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, patriarch Bartholomew, at far right seated, prays with Pope Benedict XVI, at far left, in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, Saturday Oct. 18, 2008. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew is calling it "an historic event," after being the first to speak to the bishops of the Catholic Church gathered for a synod. For his part, Benedict XVI said, "Your fathers are also our fathers, and ours are yours: if we have the same fathers, how can we...
  • (Catholic) Patriarchs invite synod members to Mideast to discover land of Bible

    10/11/2008 3:46:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 379+ views
    CNS ^ | October 10, 2008 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The patriarch of the Melkite Catholic Church, who lives in Syria, and the Latin-rite patriarch of Jerusalem invited members of the Synod of Bishops on the Bible to visit them and discover how living in the land of the Bible can make its words come alive. Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham of Damascus, Syria, and Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem addressed the synod Oct. 10, extending invitations but also talking about some of the challenges Christians in the Holy Land are facing. Patriarch Laham told the synod: "The word of God unites us; it reinforces...
  • Sts. Peter & Paul: Papal Mass - images and sermons

    06/29/2008 5:26:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 138+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | June 29, 2008 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Holy Mass has begun in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica for the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul. The old new form of papal pallium is being used.   The Holy Father has shifted away from the archeologically correct, but odd, ancient form of pallium which Benedict XVI began to use at the time of his "inauguration" in April 2005.  This new but still ancient form of pallium represents an organic midway point between the lond, drapy stole-like pallium and the modern style, used by all the modern popes until Benedict XVI and which is still imposed by the Pope on...
  • Is There a Breakthrough in Orthodox and Catholic Relations?

    06/20/2008 4:48:31 AM PDT · by tcg · 68 replies · 212+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/20/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Reports are circulating, in circles which are intensely attuned to the continued warming of relations between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, of a statement and proposal allegedly made by Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. If they are confirmed, it may signal a major move toward communion between Eastern Catholics and their Orthodox Brethren.It may also open the path to dialogue on communion between the Churches even wider. The Religious Information Service of the Ukraine, associated with the Ukranian Catholic University, was cited as one source for the articles. Another was a German Ecumenical Journal named after the great Bishops Cyril...
  • The Prince of Babylon

    11/07/2007 10:12:09 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 38+ views
    WITL ^ | November 7, 2007
    Philadelphia might've waited 24 years for John Foley's red hat, but between the rivers in what's now Iraq, generations of the Chaldean Catholic community have stood it out a good bit longer to see their patriarch take a place in the papal senate. Eighty-one years old, Cardinal-designate Emmanuel III Delly will formally be inducted into the Sacred College at the upcoming consistory. (No, the patriarch of Babylonia of the Chaldeans isn't the first of the designates to be photographed in the robes of his new office -- the red get-up is a privilege of patriarchs, even those who go...
  • Pope Promises Catholic Help for New Patriarch

    10/02/2007 5:15:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 149+ views
    Zenit ^ | October 2, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 2, 2007 ( Benedict XVI told the newly enthroned patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church that he can count on collaboration from Catholics. The Pope sent a delegation to Bucharest on Sunday to participate in the solemn enthronement celebrations of Patriarch Daniel Ciobotea, the new leader of 19 million Romanian Orthodox. The Vatican delegation was led by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and included Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the same dicastery, and Archbishop Jean-Claude PĂ©risset, apostolic nuncio to Romania. As a "pledge to search for full communion," Cardinal Kasper...
  • Why Al-Qaeda Wants the Head of the Grand Ayatollah Sistani

    08/07/2007 10:35:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 891+ views ^ | August 8, 2007 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, August 7, 2007 – At the end of last week’s general audience, Benedict XVI surprisingly dedicated a thought to a sports event, the victory of Iraq’s soccer team in the Asian Cup: “I was pleasantly startled by the enthusiasm that spread among all the inhabitants, driving them into the streets to celebrate the event. As on so many occasions I have wept with the Iraqis, this time I rejoice with them. This experience of shared celebration reveals the desire of a people to have a normal and peaceful life. I hope that the event can contribute to realizing...
  • Plot against the ecumenical Patriarch foiled

    08/01/2007 7:42:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 399+ views
    Speroforum & Asia News ^ | August 1, 2007
    A group of ex army officers, now retired, plotted to assassinate the ecumenical Patriarch: this is what has emerged from an investigation carried out by Istanbul’s public attorney’s office, and brought to light by a report in Aksam newspaper. The group known as the Association of National Forces was led by Bekir Ozturk: the hard drive of his computer revealed the entire project which also consisted of the assassination of the Armenian Patriarch Mesrob and of a Jewish businessman. This network of retired army officials are believed to be in contact with diverse well rooted nationalist groups on Turkish soil.  What...
  • Charges against Bartholomew I for calling himself ecumenical patriarch

    07/19/2007 11:59:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 346+ views
    Asia News ^ | July 19, 2007
    » 07/19/2007 11:40 TURKEYCharges against Bartholomew I for calling himself ecumenical patriarchA desire to influence how Christian minorities will vote is behind the charges filed by a former member of the Bulgarian exarchate. It shows how secular fundamentalism uses Islam. Istanbul (AsiaNews) – Two weeks after a Turkish court denied the Patriarchate of Constantinople the right to call himself ecumenical, Bartholomew I has come under attack once again by Bujidar Cipof, an ex-Church member of the Bulgarian exarchate of Constantinople which comes under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.Cipof has now filed charges against Patriarch Bartholomew, whose ‘crime’ is to...
  • Orthodox-Catholic Commission to discuss primacy of the Pope at the meeting in October in Italy

    05/29/2007 8:53:16 AM PDT · by kawaii · 250 replies · 2,170+ views
    interfax ^ | 28 May 2007, 12:17 | interfax
    28 May 2007, 12:17 Orthodox-Catholic Commission for Theological Dialogue to discuss primacy of the Pope of Rome and Patriarch of Constantinople at the meeting in October in Italy Vienna, May 28, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate intends to assert its own position in the discussion on the primacy of the Pope of Rome in Christendom at the second meeting of the Joint Orthodox-Catholic Theological Commission to take place in October in Ravenna, Italy. ‘Our principal affirmation is this: primacy in the Church is necessary, also on the universal level, but on the level of the Universal Church it cannot be...
  • Primate of the OCA joins with the MP in assessment of Bishop Basil

    12/28/2006 10:08:25 AM PST · by kawaii · 35 replies · 473+ views
    interfax ^ | 28 December 2006, 11:25 | interfax
    28 December 2006, 11:25 Primate of the Orthodox Church in America joins with the Moscow Patriarchate in assessment of Bishop Basil (Osborne) Moscow, December 28, Interfax - Metropolitan Herman of All America and Canada expressed his solidarity with the Russian Orthodox Church in the assessment of actions of the former administrator of the Diocese of Sourozh Bishop Basil (Osborne) whom the Patriarchate of Constantinople received in its jurisdiction. ‘One of the important safeguards of church order has been the general observance (in the countries beyond the traditionally Orthodox lands - IF) of canonical norms with regard to transfers of clergy...
  • Progress: Benedict and Bartholomew to Meet Again

    12/20/2006 7:56:17 AM PST · by NYer · 46 replies · 693+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 24, 2006 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — In what theologians are describing as a highly significant gesture, Pope Benedict XVI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople are considering a proposal to attend the next round of joint Catholic-Orthodox theological discussions in 2007. According to sources at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the two leaders are examining the possibility of personally opening the next session of the Catholic-Orthodox Joint International Theological Commission, expected to be held in Ravenna, Italy. The panel of 60 experts has become the focus for improved Catholic-Orthodox relations after a successful meeting in Belgrade in September — the first time members...
  • Lebanon: Bkirki (Maronite Patriarchal See) dilutes support for prime minister

    12/07/2006 9:31:41 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 347+ views
    Daily Star ^ | December 7, 2006 | Maroun Khoury
    BKIRKI: The Maronite Church signaled a significant shift from its resolute support for the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on Wednesday by calling for the creation of a "reconciliation government" inclusive of all national parties.The call by Lebanon's most influential Christian institution came in a statement issued after a meeting of the Council of Maronite Bishops headed by Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir at Bkirki.Politicians must do "whatever is necessary" to end the political deadlock and mounting threats to security, the statement said, stressing that the decision should not be construed as a withdrawal of support for the embattled...
  • Homily of the Ecumenical Patriarch before Benedict (Fr. Z's Commentary)

    12/01/2006 7:48:24 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 88 replies · 794+ views
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 12/1/2006 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    During the Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Andrew the Ecumenical Patriarch gave a homily that got my attention. Remember how important the Divine Liturgy is for the identity of the Orthodox. Frankly, I think liturgy is a serious issue for ecumenical dialogue with the East. Think about this. They look at the stupid things the Latins have done and are doing to the sacred liturgy, about how those desiring traditional liturgy from lay people to priests, are marginalized and berated. They see the leaders of a group of "traditionalists" are ecommunicated. And they are going to get closer...
  • Benedict XVI meets Bartholomew I, together for full unity

    11/29/2006 4:47:14 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies · 1,044+ views
    Asia News ^ | November 29, ,2006
    The visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate is the main reason for the Pope’s trip to Turkey on the Feast Day of Saint Andrew. A joint statement is expected tomorrow. Istanbul is under tight security.Istanbul (AsiaNews) – Magnificent Greek chants, embraces, statements about mutual commitment to continue working for full unity filled the meeting which Benedict XVI called a moment “of good will and ecclesiastic meaning”. At the end of the second day of his visit to Turkey, Benedict XVI arrived in the Phanar district, seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the first “in honour” amongst Orthodox patriarchate. It...