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NY Times reports on 'Climate Change and Moral Responsibility'
On Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet will publish a landmark report highlighting the inalienable and undeniable link between climate change and human health. We warmly welcome the report’s message of hope, which confirms the fact that climate change is more than just a technical or financial challenge (as Pope Francis did in his encyclical letter on June 18) and confirms the voice of health in the discussion on climate change. Indeed, the central premise of the Lancet commission’s work is that tackling climate change could be the single greatest health opportunity of the 21st century. Full Text
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Response to Pope Francis' Climate Encyclical
TIME magazine website published today an exclusive article outlining the response of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Climate Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis Laudato Si’, presented this morning at the Vatican. Full Text
Congressman Chris Smith's US Helsinki Commission Hearing on "A Century of Denial: The Armenian Genocide and the Ongoing Quest for Justice"
On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, held a hearing on "A Century of Denial: The Armenian Genocide and the Ongoing Quest for Justice" at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Full Text
2015 USCIRF report identifies worst religious freedom violators; identifies Turkey as "serious" violator
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced its 2015 recommendations to Congress, the White House, and the State Department. Full Text
Halki Summit II to focus on "Theology, Ecology, and the Word," June 8-10
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is hosting the second Halki Summit on “Theology, Ecology, and the Word.” Co-sponsored by Southern New Hampshire University, the summit will be held on the island of Halki from June 8-10, 2015. Full Text
USCIRF Commemorates the Centennial Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today solemnly marks the 100 year anniversary of the tragic killing of over one million Armenians in what is now modern-day Turkey. USCIRF recognizes the profound significance of this day and the deep wounds it continues to evoke for the Armenian people, and the other religious and ethnic communities who were victims of the horrible events of 1915. Full Text
Barnabas Aid reports on 'Remembering the Forgotten Genocide'
In 1900 Christians constituted around 32% of Ottoman Turkey’s population. Just 27 years later the figure was down to about 1.8%. Full Text
Gatestone Institute reports on 'Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction'
One of the common features of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey seems to be their intolerance of churches. Full Text
Colloquium on Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism at Hellenic College Holy Cross
The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will host a colloquium on Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism: Ideas and Action in the Contemporary World. The Colloquium will take place on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass., May 7-8, 2015. Full Text
"After the crucifixion comes the Resurrection." His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 60 Minutes Bob Simon Interview
As we Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior when He trampled down death and rose again, according to the Scriptures; let us not lose hope in the midst of a world in which the Children of Abraham are being butchered in the most horrific demonstration of man’s inhumanity to man since the time of Diocletian in 303 AD. In this modern day war against Christians, let us be reminded of the encouraging and uplifting words of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during the 60 Minutes Bob Simon interview, “After the crucifixion comes the Resurrection.” Full Text
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