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"It is crucial that we learn from the early Fathers and Mothers of the Church,
that we embrace the mind of the early Church by immersing ourselves in the
spirit of the Christian classics.
At the same time, we should turn our attention to the future, to the
age to come, toward the heavenly kingdom. An eschatological vision offers a
way out of the impasse of provincialism and confessionalism." - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew #ThursdayThoughts

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Greeting by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Sacred Aedicule of the Holy Sepulcher (March 22, 2017).
Your Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of the Sacred City of Jerusalem, with Your venerable surrounding Hierarchy and the entire Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher that guards the most holy sites of this ancient Patriarchate of Mount Zion, together with His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch and the Most Reverend Latin Custodian in attendance to share in this celebration, and all the pious pilgrims present at this historic moment,
Your Excellency the Prime Minister of Greece,
Your Excellencies the representatives of the Kingdom of Jordan, the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority,
Precious people of God and all who dwell here in Jerusalem, ...

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"We are all in this together. Our planet unites us in a unique way." Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew #WaterDay

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His All-Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch will attend the ceremonies marking the completion of the restoration of Jesus's tomb this Wednesday in Jerusalem.
Jesus's tomb will be unveiled to the public with a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel, on Wednesday, March 22nd.
The delicate $4milion restoration was carried out by a team of about 50 experts from the National Technical University of Athens, which had previously worked on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey.
Six denominations – Latin (Roman Catholic), Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Syrian Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox and Copts – share custodianship of the cavernous church. The $4m of the restoration came from contributions from the six denominations which share custody of the church, King Abdullah of Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and Mica Ertegun, the widow of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.
His Most Godly Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos III of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Holy Land, Syria, beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion bestowed upon Mica Ertegun the title of Great Cross Bearer of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre earlier this month.
Watch the ceremony live on Wednesday 09:00 AM (GMT+2):

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On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican, prior to a papal reception of all church and religious leaders, where the Ecumenical Patriarch delivered the sole address to the newly-installed Pope.
The Patriarch's attendance at the papal inaugural mass was a historic initiative on the part of Patriarch Bartholomew inasmuch as it was the first time in history that an Ecumenical Patriarch was personally present at a papal installation. (Photos by Catholic News Service / L'Osservatore Romano) #OTD

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The Indiana State Senate Judiciary Committee has recently adopted SR2, a religious freedom resolution in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Once the resolution has been adopted by the Indiana State Senate, then 55 such resolutions will have been adopted by 45 states. Indiana has yet to join this group, in part because the state is divided between the jurisdictions of the Metropolis of Chicago and Metropolis of Detroit. Their Eminences Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit have been working together to see Indiana become the 45th state to pass this important resolution.

The resolution calls on the Turkish government to respect the religious freedoms and rights of the minority Greek Orthodox Church in the predominantly Muslim nation following decades of legal disputes, confiscation of properties, and the closing of the only seminary serving Orthodox Christians in Turkey in 1971.

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"The Liturgy Teaches Us How to See."
The liturgy, the Eucharistic assembly of the Church, provides for us a
mystical basis for a broader, spiritual worldview. This world-view is neither a
political plan nor an economic strategy. It is essentially a way of reflecting on
what it means to perceive the world through the lens of the soul.
Seeing clearly is precisely what the liturgy teaches us to do. It enables
us to hear new sounds and behold new images. It creates in us a mystical
appreciation and genuine affection for everything that surrounds us. The
truth is that we have been inexorably locked within the self-centered confines
of our own individual concerns with no access to the world beyond us. We
have violated the sacred covenant between ourselves, our world, and our God
and now this is being reflected around the world.
The liturgy restores this covenant; it reminds us of another way and of
another world. It provides for us another means of comprehension and
communication. The liturgy is the eternal celebration of the fragile beauty of
this world. It is this fragile beauty that brings us all together as a global
community, but this fragility also makes the world susceptible to our actions.
- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constan...

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"We must work together, irrespective of religious conviction and racial origin." - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew #WednesdayWisdom

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March, 2011. His All-Holiness attended the International Summit of Leaders of Change, organized by the Office of the Prime Minister of Turkey and held in Istanbul. Other prominent speakers included Rabbi Arthur Schneier (Appeal of Conscience Foundation), Isak Haleva (Chief Rabbi of Turkey), Prof. Hossein Nasr (Georgetown University), and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata (Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue). The session was chaired by Prof. Mehmet Görmez President of the Directorate for Religious Affairs). The summit was sponsored by the University of Istanbul and the Turkish Foundation for Future Research. #OTD
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