» 09/22/2009, 00.00
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Christian tombs desecrated in an historic Istanbul cemetery
About 90 tombstones are broken. Incidents of this nature are not rate in the city but the local press failed to report it. Only recently and through a movie, have young Turks begun to learn about past anti-Christian pogroms. Ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew visits the cemetery in question.
Christians should take the good from secularised world without identifying with it, says Bartholomew
In opening the Second Orthodox Youth Conference, the Ecumenical Patriarch says that being Christians in this world means obeying all that is not contrary to God’s will, like fish which are “not made of salt in spite of the fact that they live and swim in the salt-filled sea.”
Closer dialogue between Vatican and Ecumenical Patriarchate
The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue should be convened very soon. Vatican delegation visits Fanar neighbourhood on the Feast Day of St Andrew.
Ecumenical patriarch: Easter, Christ’s victory over death belongs to all Christians
In his Easter message Bartholomew underlines how the resurrection, which the Orthodox world celebrates today, has changed the reality of all those who have faith in Him. A prayer for peace in the world.
Bartholomew I: may Kirill's election foster common journey of Orthodox Churches
The Ecumenical Patriarchate now expects an acceleration in the common journey toward the long-awaited grand pan-Orthodox synod.
Divided in Ravenna, Russian and Estonian Orthodox to talk
Bartholomew I is promoting a meeting between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church of Estonia. Last October the Russians quit the Ravenna meeting because of the presence of Estonian representatives. In concluding the prayer for Christian unity, the ecumenical patriarch expressed his desire to see the process of unification speed up, stressing how ‘historical’ was the joint declaration made by Catholics and Orthodox in Ravenna. He also talks about spreading the Gospel in Hong Kong.
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