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Joint Declaration by Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece
We, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, have met on the Greek island of Lesvos to demonstrate our profound concern for the tragic situation of the numerous refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who have come to Europe fleeing from situations of conflict and, in many cases, daily threats to their survival. World opinion cannot ignore the colossal humanitarian crisis created by the spread of violence and armed conflict, the persecution and displacement of religious and ethnic minorities, and the uprooting of families from their homes, in violation of their human dignity and their fundamental human rights and freedoms. Full Text
Reverend Dr. Stefanos Alexopoulos leads Archon Lenten Retreat in Southampton
With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Order of Saint Andrew was pleased to have Reverend Dr. Stefanos Alexopoulos as its retreat master for the 13th Annual Archon Lenten Retreat, April 15-16, 2016. Full Text
Catholic News Service reports on 'Together on the margins: Lesbos trip to be ecumenical sign of service'
Before St. John Paul II arrived in Greece in 2001 there were protests by Orthodox faithful and an all-night prayer vigil by Orthodox monks on Mount Athos, praying that the pope would not come. Full Text
Archon Symposium and Lenten Retreat held on The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church
The Church of the Annunciation in Elkins Park, PA was the setting for the Philadelphia region’s fifth Archon Symposium/Lenten Retreat on Saturday, April 2nd which focused on the upcoming historic Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which has not occurred in 1200 years. Full Text
Greek Independence Day Parade to be televised and streamed live, April 10 at 2pm
National Council member Archon John A. Catsimatidis, the Order's Religious Freedom Chairman is coordinating the broadcast of the 2016 Annual Greek Independence Day Parade. The parade will be televised live on Channel 9 WWOR TV, and also streamed on the internet on: www.my9nj.com Full Text
The Associated Press reports on 'Pope may visit Greek island to highlight refugees' plight'
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, will visit the Greek island of Lesbos next week to highlight the plight of refugees, the Greek government said, as refugees and other migrants are being deported back to Turkey under the European Union's controversial program to ease Europe's migrant problem. Full Text
The Washington Post reports on 'Freedom of religion starts at home, Mr. Erdogan'
The April 1 Metro article “A new community spirit” was right to highlight the controversy surrounding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the opening of the Diyanet Center of America. But there’s another point to be made. The freedom of religion enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and cherished by Americans — the very freedom to worship that Marylanders will enjoy at this new mosque — does not exist inside Mr. Erdogan’s country. Full Text
Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium calls for unity against terrorism
The Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgium, Athenagoras (Ecumenical Patriarchate) has called for all religious leaders of Belgium to unite their voices and forces against terrorism. Full Text
Lenten Retreat on the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, April 2
With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, a Lenten Retreat is scheduled at the Church of the Annunciation, Elkins Park, PA, focusing on the historical, canonical and ecclesiastical significance of the upcoming Holy and Great Council, including a review of the previous seven Ecumenical Councils. Full Text
50th Anniversary of Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle
The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was organized on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 10, 1966 when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos conferred upon thirty outstanding laymen of the Church the various Offikia or Offices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory. They were honored because of their love, loyalty and support of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Full Text
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