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Archon Pilgrimage to Constantinople and Athens, November 27-December 5, 2014
8/28/2014
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America to lead historic Archon Pilgrimage to witness the expected meeting of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Vespers and Divine Liturgy on November 29-30, 2014 in observance of the Feast Day of St Andrew. Full Text


Archons sponsor two new books on the Ecumenical Patriarchate
8/25/2014
The Order of Saint Andrew is pleased to have helped sponsor the printing of two new books: Dialogue of Love, Breaking the Silence of Centuries and The Ecumenical Patriarchate Today: Sacred Greek Orthodox Sites of Istanbul. Both were written by the Very Reverend Dr. John Chryssavgis. Full Text


The Huffington Post reports on 'The Reopening of Halki Seminary: A Great Opportunity for Turkey's Image
8/18/2014
In one of the beautiful islands located in the Golden Horn of Istanbul there lies a legend. The name of the idyllic island is Halki and there-in sits a majestic school that began operating in 1844 teaching the Greek-Orthodox religion and its rituals. The famous Seminary of Halki that has had many a great teacher, both clergy and lay, and has produced some of the most prominent minds of the Orthodox Church, was sadly closed in 1971 by a decree of the Turkish state. Full Text


Statement by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Present Violence in Iraq
8/13/2014
The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. Full Text


The Dangers Of ISIS And Its Progeny Pose To Regional And Global Peace
8/11/2014
On 4 July 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, newly proclaimed "Caliph Ibrahim" and leader of the so-called "Islamic State" (formerly known as ISIS or ISIL), delivered a sermon at the Grand Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. In his sermon, al-Baghdadi claimed the mantle of caliph--Allah's vicegerent on Earth--and called on fellow Muslims to obey him as they would Allah and Muhammad. Full Text


Archon Christopher Stratakis named recipient of Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship, Oct 17
8/11/2014
The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle is pleased to announce that Archon Christopher Stratakis, Esq. has been nominated as the recipient of this year’s Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship. A special tribute dinner dance will be held at the New York Hilton Hotel, Friday evening, Oct. 17, as part of the Order's annual three-day assembly, Oct. 17-19. Full Text


ISIS empties Nineveh Plains: 200,000 Christians flee, huge humanitarian disaster
8/7/2014
Last night, two Aramean children and a mother were killed as a result of a shameless attack by ISIS terrorists against Baghdeda (Qaraqosh) in North Iraq. At the same time, in the middle of the night, more than 40,000 Aramean families – comprising at least 200.000 human beings – fearfully fled their ancestral homes, towns and villages in the Nineveh region. Another unprecedented humanitarian disaster is now unfolding in Iraq. Full Text


Statement of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding the Plight of Christians in the Middle East
8/4/2014
The Middle East is where Judaism, Christianity, and Islam first began, and for centuries these three communities have co-existed. In recent times, however, Christians across the Middle East have increasingly become the victims of political conflicts between Israel and the Arab States and horrific persecution by Islamic extremists. As a result, many of the most ancient Christian communities in the world are teetering on the brink of extinction. The ongoing exodus of tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians from Mosul into Kurdistan is the latest example of religious cleansing and genocide. Islamic State insurgents occupying Mosul imposed an ultimatum on Iraqi Christians: convert to Islam, or pay a special religious levy known as “jizya”, or face death. Full Text


Foreign Policy Association reports on 'Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary'
8/4/2014
In an annual report released by the Department of State this week, the Obama administration has yet again pressed Turkey to live up to its commitment as a democracy to ensure religious freedom, citing the need to reopen an Eastern Orthodox seminary that’s been closed for decades. Full Text


Video of Prayer Service of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
8/4/2014
Recently during the historic pilgrimage of the successors to the Brothers of Galilee, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, viewers around the world were treated to a broadcast of equally historic proportions when clergy and laymen who were part of the Patriarchal Support Team traveled to Rome and were heard on the television station EWTN. The broadcast was offered in five languages. Full Text


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