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  • 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...
  • Turkey to Return Properties Confiscated from Christian, Jewish Minorities

    08/29/2011 2:53:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Church Report ^ | August 29, 2011
    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s government is returning hundreds of properties confiscated from the country’s Christian and Jewish minorities over the past 75 years in a gesture to religious groups who complain of discrimination that is also likely to thwart possible court rulings against the country. A government decree published Saturday returns assets that once belonged to Greek, Armenian or Jewish trusts and makes provisions for the government to pay compensation for any confiscated property that has since been sold on. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to announce the decision formally later Sunday when he hosts religious leaders and...
  • What About the Ground Zero Church? Archdiocese Says Officials Abandoned Project

    08/17/2010 1:58:53 PM PDT · by goldendays · 42 replies ^ | August 17, 2010 | Judson Berger
    The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America accused New York officials on Tuesday of turning their backs on the reconstruction of the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, while the controversial mosque near Ground Zero moves forward. The sidelined project is the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, a tiny, four-story building destroyed in 2001 when one of the World Trade Center towers fell on top of it. Nobody from the church was hurt in the attack, but the congregation has for the past decade been trying to rebuild its house of worship. While the mosque project cleared red tape...
  • Greek Orthodox Church joins opposition to EU court’s ban on classroom crucifixes

    12/04/2009 8:50:24 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 494+ views
    cna ^ | December 4, 2009
    Athens, Greece, Dec 4, 2009 / 06:55 am (CNA).- The head of the Greek Orthodox Church has voiced his opposition to a court ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy and will hold an emergency synod to lay out a plan of action to combat the ban. Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece said that the European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) had ignored the role of Christianity in Europe’s history. According to the BBC, he added that majorities, not only minorities, have rights.The Orthodox Church fears the EHCR ruling could trigger similar rulings about the public display of...
  • Patriarch at the Synod: Unexpected Impact [Ecumenical]

    10/24/2008 4:53:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 471+ views
    ZNA ^ | October 24, 2008 | Jesús Colina
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2008 ( The intervention from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople at the synod of bishops marked an ecumenical milestone, says a representative of the Orthodox Church of Greece. Archimandrite Ignatios Sotiriadis is a fraternal delegate at the world Synod of Bishops on the Word of God, which ends Sunday. The Church of Greece representative spoke with ZENIT about the intervention from Bartholomew I, given as a homily Oct. 18 in a celebration of vespers together with Benedict XVI. Q: You have been participating in the entire synod. What have you heard from the synod fathers...
  • Bartholomew I: Orthodox summit for "the unity of the Church"

    10/11/2008 4:22:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 386+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 11, 2008 | NAT da Polis
    » 10/11/2008 14:34 TURKEYBartholomew I: Orthodox summit for "the unity of the Church"NAT da PolisFollowing the example of the apostle Paul, the ecumenical patriarch launches an appeal "to unity" to resolve today's challenges. For the first time, leaders and representatives of the entire Orthodox world are meeting together. Istanbul (AsiaNews) - With a strong and heartfelt appeal for "the unity of the Church," the only way "to address the problems of the modern world," work began yesterday at the pan-Orthodox meeting in Fanar. The summit was organized by the ecumenical patriarchate, to celebrate the Pauline year, and is characterized by...
  • Blessed Easter to the Orthodox Freepers (Open Thread for those who wish to post greetings)

    04/26/2008 4:07:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies · 236+ views
    MarkChapter 16 1 1 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. 2 Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. 3 They were saying to one another, "Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. 5 On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on...
  • Benedict XVI Address to Ecumenical Meeting at St. Joseph's Church, New York

    04/18/2008 4:03:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 189+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 18, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    The Holy Father addressed representatives of other Christian communities during an ecumenical encounter at St. Joseph's Church, New York, 18 April 2008. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My heart abounds with gratitude to Almighty God - "the Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:6) - for this blessed opportunity to gather with you this evening in prayer. I thank Bishop Dennis Sullivan for his cordial welcome, and I warmly greet all those in attendance representing Christian communities throughout the United States. May the peace of our Lord and Savior be...
  • Ravenna Was "Breakthrough" in Orthodox-Catholic Ties (Cardinal Kasper Looks Ahead)

    02/18/2008 3:59:28 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 139+ views
    ZNA ^ | February 18, 2008
    ROME, FEB. 18, 2008 ( The so-called Ravenna Document is a real breakthrough in Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, says the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.In an interview with Gerard O'Connell for Our Sunday Visitor, Cardinal Walter Kasper explained what made the breakthrough possible, and what's left in the process of achieving full unity.His comments centered on the concluding document of the Oct. 8-14, 2007, plenary assembly of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, held in Ravenna, Italy."We started the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches as...
  • Greek Church Elects New Leader

    02/07/2008 6:07:54 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 86+ views
    AP ^ | February 7, 2008
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Senior clergy elected Metropolitan Bishop Ieronymos of Thebes as the new leader of Greece's powerful Orthodox Church on Thursday to succeed the late Archbishop Christodoulos, the church announced.Church bells rang out and the lights outside Athens Cathedral, where 74 bishops had gathered for the vote, came on to announce the election of a successor to the popular Christodoulos, who died of cancer last month.Ieronymos, 70, won 45 votes after two rounds in an election that began Thursday morning. Four bishops of the 78-member Holy Synod, the church's governing body, were absent, the church said in announcing...
  • Greek Archbishop Christodoulos dies

    01/28/2008 7:53:40 AM PST · by NYer · 56 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 28, 2008 | George Hatzidakis
    The head of Greece's powerful Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, died of cancer on Monday at the age of 69.A staunch defender of the role of the church in Greece, he died at his home in Athens, only months after plans for a liver transplant in the United States were cancelled."He was an enlightened church leader whose work brought the church closer to society, closer to modern problems and to young people," Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said in a statement.Condolences poured in and crowds of black-clad mourners gathered at his Athens home, where he died, as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral...
  • Turkey Bars Meeting of Orthodox Leaders

    08/21/2007 5:10:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 293+ views
    Zenit ^ | August 21, 2007
    NICOSIA, Cyprus, AUG. 21, 2007 ( The Orthodox Church of Cyprus announced that the Turkish government cancelled a visit between two Christian leaders in Ankara. The meeting between Chrysostomos II, Orthodox archbishop of New Justiniana and All Cyprus, and Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, was to take place last Friday. Chrysostomos II declared that with this refusal Ankara "has shown its real face," a press release from the Cyprus Embassy to the Holy See reported. He is ready "to edit a letter addressed to the Holy See and to the World Council of Churches, in order to inform them,"...
  • Report of Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Commission

    02/13/2007 5:00:46 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 13, 2007
    A Shared "Ecclesial Patrimony Stemming From Apostolic Times" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 12, 2007 ( Here is the report issued at the conclusion of the fourth meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. The meeting took place Jan. 28-Feb. 3 in Rome. * * * The fourth meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches took place in Rome from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2007, under the co-chairmanship of His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council...
  • Papal Speech to Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Panel

    02/01/2007 6:27:33 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 328+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 1, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, FEB. 1, 2007 ( Here is the address Benedict XVI delivered today to the members of the Catholic-Orthodox Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue. * * * Dear Brothers in Christ, It is with great joy that I welcome you, the members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches, on the occasion of your fourth plenary meeting. Through you, I gladly extend fraternal greetings to my Venerable Brothers, the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches: His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I Iwas, His Holiness...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Salvation Outside the Church [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/01/2007 5:23:18 PM PST · by NYer · 42 replies · 854+ views
    The Early Church Fathers taught that those outside of the Church had no hope of salvation. However, they made allowance for those who didn’t know any better or had no means to comply. Ignatius of AntiochBe not deceived, my brethren: If anyone follows a maker of schism [i.e., is a schismatic], he does not inherit the kingdom of God; if anyone walks in strange doctrine [i.e., is a heretic], he has no part in the Passion [of Christ]. Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: For there is one flesh...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Apostolic Succession - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    01/28/2007 2:10:32 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,321+ views
    The Early Fathers believed that authentic teaching and authority came through apostolic succession.Clement of RomeOur Apostles knew through our Lord Jesus Christ that there would be strife for the office of bishop. For this reason, therefore, having received perfect foreknowledge, they appointed those who have already been mentioned, and afterwards added the further provision that, if they should die, other approved men should succeed to their ministry (Letter to the Corinthians 44:1 [A.D. 95]). Ignatius of AntiochYou must all follow the bishop as Jesus Christ follows the Father, and the presbytery as you would the Apostles. Reverence the deacons as...
  • Early Church Fathers on (Oral) Tradition - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    01/28/2007 5:25:46 AM PST · by NYer · 70 replies · 1,669+ views
    The Early Church Fathers recognized Oral Tradition (as taught by the Church) as being equally authoritative as written Tradition (Scripture) because they both came from the same God through the same Church. Papias Whenever anyone came my way, who had been a follower of my seniors, I would ask for the accounts of our seniors: What did Andrew or Peter say? Or Phillip or Thomas or James or John or Matthew, or any of the Lord’s disciples? I also asked: What did Aristion and John the Presbyter, disciples of the Lord say. For, as I see it, it is not...
  • 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...
  • A Russian Orthodox View of Papacy, and More (Part 1)

    11/06/2006 4:52:55 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 634+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 6, 2006
    Interview With Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev VIENNA, Austria, NOV. 6, 2006 ( Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox can be fruitful, though many hurdles still exist on the road to Eucharistic communion, says a leading prelate. Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev of Vienna and Austria, representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions, commented in this interview on Benedict XVI's forthcoming visit to Turkey, as well as on other topics. Part 2 of this interview will appear Tuesday. Q: Soon Pope Benedict XVI will visit Turkey, because he wants to strengthen the bonds between Rome and Constantinople. What is the significance of...