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Pope Francis sends message as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew receives Honorary Doctorate
His Holiness Pope Francis sent a message on Monday, October 27, 2015 on the occasion of the conferral of an honorary doctorate to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The Honorary Doctorate in the Culture of Unity was granted to the Ecumenical Patriarch by the Sophia University Institute "for his service to the unity of the human family." Full Text
TIME Magazine reports on 'Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: How We Relate to God Should Be How We Treat Our Planet'
When we read in the Christian Scriptures about Christ as a physician and healer, most of us imagine a miracle worker or magician, someone who might be invoked to intervene in order to solve problems. We envision a deus ex machina—a mechanical or metaphysical figure who reaches out of the heavens to alleviate tragedies and dispel controversies. Full Text
Armenian Assembly of America reports on 'Armenian assembly requests Department of Justice investigation of Turkish & Azerbaijani groups'
Today, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) called on the Department of Justice to investigate potentially illegal activities of U.S. groups with ties to foreign entities in Turkey and Azerbaijan. Full Text
Order of Saint Andrew to launch new Social Media Initiative
The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle and the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are pleased to announce the launch of a new social media initiative to be funded by the generous contribution of Archon Michael G. Psaros. The initiative seeks to assist the Order in its mission of promoting religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and freedom of worship for all religious minorities in the Republic of Turkey in which the Ecumenical Patriarchate is located. Full Text
Vice President Joe Biden is recipient of the 2015 Athenagoras Human Rights Award
Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Western Hemisphere together with Archons’ National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis presented the Athenagoras Human Rights Award to Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. Full Text
The Wall Street Journal reports on 'In Defense of Christendom'
The death of Europe is in sight. Still hazy and not yet inevitable, but nevertheless visible and drawing nearer—like a distant planet in the lens of an approaching satellite. Europe is reaching its end not because of its sclerotic economy, or stagnant demography, or the dysfunctions of the superstate. Nor is the real cause the massive influx of Middle Eastern and African migrants. Those desperate people are just the latest stiff breeze against the timber of a desiccated civilization. Full Text
Archons represented at annual OSCE Conference in Warsaw
Archons Constantine Caras and Stamatios Kartalopoulos represented the Order at the 2015 Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Meeting in Warsaw, Poland. Archons Caras and Kartalopoulos had a private meeting with the State Department delegation of the United States and provided them with the most current information regarding the status of our Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey, the major issues of which we are all aware, the most recent developments and current documents of the Order. Full Text
Al-Monitor reports on 'For Turkey’s Greek minority, an island school provides fresh hope'
On Sept. 28, Turkish newspapers reported that a Greek school was reopened after four decades on the Aegean island of Gokceada, known as Imbros in Greek. In reality, however, the school was reopened after 51 years. Moreover, the closure of Gokceada’s Greek schools in 1964 was not because they ran out of students, as the reports said, but because the Turkish state had shut them down. Full Text
Stand up for Religious Freedom on October 17
We are quickly approaching the 2015 Athenagoras Human Rights Award Banquet scheduled on Saturday, October 17 at the New York Hilton Hotel honoring Hon. Joseph R. Biden, the Vice President of the United States. Full Text
The Hill reports on 'Instability and assault on the poor require us to respond'
In his clarion call to action on climate change, Pope Francis echoes the statements and sentiments of many religious leaders and church bodies. Full Text
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