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Orthodox Patriarch marks Easter on Turkish island in fulfilment of promise

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, based in Istanbul, conducts Mass at the Church of St George in the island of Gokceada, Turkey, known as Imvros in Greek, early on Sunday, 16th April 2023.

Gokceada, Turkey AP The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, based in Istanbul, fulfilled a 10-year promise to mark Easter on the Turkish island of Gokceada where he was born. In candle-lit masses held over three days, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I presided over services that brought together Orthodox Christian believers from the Aegean island […]

Orthodox Patriarch ‘recovering well’ in New York hospital

US Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

New York City, USAP The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians was recovering well in a New York hospital Thursday after a medical procedure delayed his return home to Turkey at the end of a US visit, according to a doctor who treated him.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was in good spirits and feeling “very spiffy” […]

Russian Orthodox Church splits with Constantinople Patriarch

The Russian Orthodox Church is cutting ties with the Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew I after a dispute over the Patriarch’s plans to recognise a new pro-Western Ukrainian branch of the church. Patriarch Bartholomew, the Archbishop of Constantinople and “first among equals”, de facto head, of the 300 million Christians in the Orthodox church, announced he was […]