North Macedonia welcomes recognition by the Patriarchate of the Church of Ohrid

Prime Minister of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovachevski welcomed the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to recognize the Orthodox Church of North Macedonia as the Church of Ohrid. On Monday, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, chaired by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, declared the North Macedonian Church, headed by Archbishop Stefan, canonical and valid […]

North Macedonia welcomes recognition by the Patriarchate of the Church of Ohrid

Prime Minister of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovachevski welcomed the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to recognize the Orthodox Church of North Macedonia as the Church of Ohrid. On Monday, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, chaired by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, declared the North Macedonian Church, headed by Archbishop Stefan, canonical and valid […]

Fanari prepares holy myrrh with 57 ingredients

Dozens of believers gathered in the courtyard of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul on Maundy Thursday to get some fresh holy myrrh (Άγιο Μύρο*) on cotton wool, consisting of 57 ingredients from all over the world, including extremely rare ones. The ritual process of preparing the holy myrrh took place at the beginning of Holy […]

Bartholomew sent a letter to the Turkish authorities protesting the desecration of Panagia Sumela

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent a letter of protest to Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy in connection with the desecration of Panagia Sumela. The Patriarch protests against insulting the “Panagia Sumela Trebizond Patriarchal and Stauropegial Monastery, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and is the main shrine of the […]

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew tests positive for Covid-19

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, the press office of the Patriarchate in Istanbul said. The announcement added that Bartholomew has mild symptoms of the disease. The 81-year-old spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians tested positive during regular testing on Friday and immediately went to Istanbul Central Hospital for testing, […]

Bartholomew: "Russian Church ungrateful"

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew emphasized the responsible position of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the church dispute, which flared up with the Moscow Patriarchate. Although the Russian Patriarchate stopped commemorating the Ecumenical Patriarch under the pretext of granting “self-determination” to the Ukrainian Church, the head of the Fanari explained that the Patriarchate of Constantinople continues to commemorate […]

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