Patriarchal Addresses

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Message of the Heads of the ancient Orthodox Patriarchates and the time-honored Autocephalous Church of Cyprus

Friday, September 09, 2011

Adhering to the injunction of the Apostle, according to which in the Church of Christ “whenever one members suffers, all members suffer with it; and when one member is honored, all members rejoice with it” (1 Cor. 12.26), we have assembled at the See of the historical and martyric Ecumenical Throne, at the invitation and under the presidency of the first among us in order and honor, in order to experience and declare the love of Christ that binds us (2 Cor. 5.14) at all times, and most especially in times of trial and tribulation. Learn More »

Announcement Synaxis of their Beatitudes the heads of the Ancient Orthodox Patriarchates and the Church of Cyprus

Thursday, September 08, 2011

At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and under the presidency of the same, the Heads of the Ancient Patriarchates and of the time-honored Church of Cyprus gathered in Synaxis at the Phanar on September 1-3, 2011. Learn More »

Message for the Day of the Protection of the Environment

Thursday, September 01, 2011

God’s grace renders us worthy today to commence yet another ecclesiastical year, one more festive cycle, within whose blessed opportunities we are called to struggle spiritually in order better to evaluate the potential that we have been granted for growing “in the likeness” of God so that we also might become His saints. Learn More »

Ecumenical Patriarch expresses sympathy and prayers to Japanese nation for recent tragedy and ongoing crisis

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It is with heavy heart that we communicate with Your Honor in order to convey our sincerest and fervent sympathy for the tragedy that has befallen your blessed and progressive nation in recent days. Learn More »

Message on the nuclear explosion at Fukushima

Monday, March 14, 2011

It is with burdened and painful heart that the entire world is witnessing the drama of the tragic earthquake, which over the last days has afflicted Japan and cost numerous lives of our brothers and sisters. Moreover, it is with much anguish and sorrow that we behold the related devastation in the Land of the Rising Sun as well as in other nations of the Pacific. Every corner of the planet is offering prayers both for the repose of the departed souls and for the support of those who continue to be grieved and imperiled by the ensuing seismic tremors and ferocious tsunami. Lamentably, yet another calamitous consequence has struck the region with the explosion of the nuclear plant at Fukushima, rendering still more frightening the recent nightmare in Japan. Learn More »

Religion and the Environment: The Link Between Survival and Salvation

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Last October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate convened an international, interdisciplinary and interfaith symposium in New Orleans on the Mississippi River, the eighth in a series of high-level conferences exploring the impact of our lifestyle and consumption on our planet’s major bodies of water. Similar symposia have met in the Aegean and Black Seas, in the Adriatic and Baltic Seas, along the Danube and Amazon Rivers, and on the Arc Learn More »

Message for the Day of the Protection of the Environment

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Our ever-memorable predecessor, the late Patriarch Demetrios, who possessed a deep awareness of the gravity of the environmental crisis, as well as of the responsibility of the Church to directly and effectively confront the crisis, issued the first official encyclical dealing with the protection of the natural environment more than two decades ago. Learn More »

Message for World Environment Day

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Inasmuch as, at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we have long been concerned about problems related to the preservation of the natural environment, we have ascertained that the fundamental cause of the abuse and destruction of the world’s natural resources is greed and the constant tendency toward unrestrained wealth by citizens in so-called “developed” nations. Learn More »

Sins Against Nature and God: We Are All Accountable for Ignoring the Global Consequences of Environmental Exploitation

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Once again, in a matter only of a few years, the eyes of the world are turned with suspense toward the Gulf Coast. Sadly, the oil spill is following a path similar to Hurricane Katrina and threatening the coast of Louisiana as well as neighboring states. Learn More »

Saving the Soul of the Planet - Address at the Brookings Institution

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

At first glance, it may appear strange for the leader of a religious institution concerned with spiritual values to speak about the environment at a secular institution that deals with public policy. What exactly does preserving the planet or promoting democracy have to do with saving the soul or helping the poor? Learn More »

Address of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ninth Annual SCOBA/SCOOCH UN Prayer Service

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This Symposium is in many ways both historical and unique. This river comprises a microcosm of our planet. In its waters, we observe many of the world’s ecological issues. We are humbled in its presence. We have come to listen to its story, to learn from its history. Learn More »

Homily of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Patriarchal Chorostasia of the Great Vespers for St. Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Beloved, the power of a prayer is not to be measured by its length. The most powerful prayer may also be the most brief. Few but fervent were the words of Saint Nestor: “God of Demetrios, help me.” Yet through the power of these simple words, evil was vanquished, tyranny was frustrated, faith was vindicated, and not one, but two saints for the Kingdom of God were revealed. Learn More »

Opening Address of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the 8th RSE Symposium

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This Symposium is in many ways both historical and unique. This river comprises a microcosm of our planet. In its waters, we observe many of the world’s ecological issues. We are humbled in its presence. We have come to listen to its story, to learn from its history. Learn More »

Unity as Calling, Conversion and Mission Opening address by His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Plenary of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order "Called To Be One Church", Crete Greece

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

It is with great joy that we accepted the gracious invitation of our beloved Faith and Order Commission to address this auspicious plenary gathering. We would also like to welcome you all – academics and pastors, ministers and lay leaders from diverse regions of the world – to our Orthodox Academy on this uniquely beautiful island. The theme of this plenary session is: “Called to be One Church: that they may become one in your hand.” Learn More »

Message by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United Nations Climate Change Talks in Bangkok, Thailand (Sept. 28 - Oct. 9, 2009)

Monday, September 28, 2009

In view of the international negotiations on climate change commencing in Bangkok, Thailand, and only two months before the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, we urge the international community to undertake courageous commitments for the prevention of the most severe consequences of global warming. Learn More »

Ecumenical Patriarch's Message for the Day of the Protection of the Environment

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

As we come again to the changing of the Church year, we reflect once more on the state of God's creation. We think about the past and repent for all that we have done or failed to do for the earth's care; we look to the future and pray for wisdom to guide us in all that we think or do. Learn More »

Foreword to the Published Proceedings of the Fourth Summer Seminar at Halki

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

One of the more fundamental problems, which constitute the basis of the ecological crisis, is the lack of justice prevailing in our world. By justice we mean not only the legal correspondence of giving and receiving, of transgressions and consequences, of offering and reward, but the more inclusive virtue that lies beyond the narrow fulfillment of obligation. The liturgical and patristic tradition of the Church considers as just, that person who is compassionate and freely grants, using love as one’s sole criterion. Justice extends even beyond one’s fellow human being to the entire creation. The burning of forests, the criminal exploitation of natural resources, the gap between the wealthy “north” and the needy “south,” all these constitute expressions of transgressing the virtue of justice. Learn More »

Message by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Environment Day

Friday, June 05, 2009

Today’s World Environment Day is an opportunity as well as an invitation for all of us, irrespective of religious background, to consider the ecological crisis. In our time, more than ever before, there is an undeniable obligation for all to understand that environmental concern for our planet does not comprise a romantic notion of the few. The ecological crisis, and particularly the reality of climate change, constitutes the greatest threat for every form of life in our world. Learn More »

Address of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Plenary Assembly of the European Parliament, Brussels

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First and foremost, we convey to you salutations from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, based for many many centuries in what is today Istanbul – greetings replete with esteem and respect. Learn More »

Ecumenical Patriarch's Message for the Day of the Protection of the Environment

Monday, September 01, 2008

For creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who subjected it ... For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. (Rom. 8. 20,22) Beloved Brothers and children in the Lord, Once again, as the ecclesiastical year begins, we are called to reflect – with renewed spiritual intensity in Christ and especial sensitivity – on the state of our bountiful planet, and to offer particular prayers for the protection of the whole natural world. Learn More »

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