Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “Saddened and shaken” over plans to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople lowered his voice in exasperation. “What can I say as a Christian clergyman and the Greek Patriarch in Istanbul? Instead of uniting, a 1,500-year-old heritage is dividing us. I am saddened and shaken.” The 80-year-old spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide was referring to the Turkish government’s plans to convert Hagia […]

Message Of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On World Oceans Day 2020

On World Oceans Day 2020, we renew our call to the global community to work collectively in addressing the threats to our planet’s oceans, seas and rivers. Since 1995, we have initiated nine inter-religious and inter-disciplinary symposia throughout the world, assembling international scientists and environmentalists, politicians and economists, as well as activists and journalists to […]

The Saturday Before The Feast Of Pentecost

On the Saturday before Pentecost we commemorate all departed pious Christians, with the idea that the occasion of the coming of the Holy Spirit not only consists of the economy of the salvation of man, but that the departed also participate in this salvation. Therefore, the Holy Church, sending up prayers on Pentecost for the […]

Ecumenical Patriarch is targeted by Turkish magazine

A dangerous article was published in a Turkish magazine of the group that also publishes Yeni Şafak. Many members of the minority, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were accused of providing assistance to Fethullah Gulen so that he could stage a coup against Tayyip Erdogan. In fact, there are photos of the those accused in the article, […]

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople supports call to pray

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressed a prayer on Sunday in favor of the treatment of patients and the support of all those who are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople referred to the initiative of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, and called upon all religious leaders and believers of various […]

Many Members, One Body

The contribution of the Orthodox Church in realizing peace, justice, freedom, fraternity and love between peoples, and in the removal of racial and other discriminations. The Church of Christ exists in the world, but is not of the world (cf. Jn 17:11, 14-15). The Church, as the sign and image of the Kingdom of God […]