Posts Tagged ‘Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’

Preparations and prayers on the eve of the synod

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

The Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury will be among the Church leaders to join Pope Francis at a prayer vigil in St Peter’s Square on Saturday to entrust the forthcoming synod to the Holy Spirit. Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Justin Welby and ten other leaders of Orthodox and Protestant denominations are due to attend, Read more

Putin has “earned the hatred of the whole world”

Monday, March 14th, 2022
Putin’s invasion earned hatred

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has “earned the hatred of the whole world,” according to the leader of Orthodox Christianity. “We are entering a new era of cold war,” Patriarch Bartholomew (pictured) of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople said in a Turkish-language broadcast interview. “We do not know what will happen next. I Read more

Christian leaders unite to warn of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of climate change

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Christian leaders climate change

The world’s Christian leaders have united to warn of the ‘catastrophic consequences’ of climate change, saying now is a ‘critical moment’ for the planet’s future. Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church, made the joint statement ahead of the Cop26 climate summit. In their Read more

Divisive plan to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

Turning Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque would be divisive, says Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is the Patriarch of the world’s Orthodox Christians. At present the fate of the building, that has been a museum since 1934, rests on an upcoming Turkish court ruling. President Tayyip Erdogan proposed restoring the mosque status of the Read more

Russian hackers target top Orthodox Christians

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Russian hackers have spent years trying to steal private correspondence from some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christians, the Associated Press (AP) says. The hackers, known as Fancy Bear, have targeted top aides to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who is the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians. Batholomew himself does not Read more

Orthodox and Catholic union all but a formality

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The union of Orthodox and Catholic Churches is all but a formality. This is the view of  the Vatican Correspondent for NCR after a momentous meeting between Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The pair met on the Feast of  St Andrew, at the Church of St Read more

Peace summit, no peace

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Hours before he convened an unprecedented Vatican prayer service for peace in the Middle East, Pope Francis told a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square that “a church that doesn’t have the capacity to surprise… is a dying church.” By that standard, Francis showed that Catholicism on his watch is alive and kicking by delivering Read more

Patriarch seeks repentance for environmental damage

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople has issued an encyclical calling on Christians to repent for environmental damage and abuse of natural resources. “Biodiversity is the work of divine wisdom and was not granted to humanity for its unruly control,” wrote Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the eve of a new Eastern Orthodox liturgical year, which begins Read more