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Address by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Concordia Europe Summit

Address by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Concordia Europe Summit “Migration Challenging European Identity” June 7, 2017, Athens, Greece

The twenty-first century began as the century of migrants and refugees. Endless caravans, a widespread flood of children, men and women seeking protection and security—victims of violence, poverty, famine, and climate change—forced to leave their homes by wars and armed conflicts. According to the last annual report of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of migrants and displaced persons on our planet is more than 65 million of our fellow human beings.

Patriarch Bartholomew at the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens

Patriarch Bartholomew at the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens
Patriarch Bartholomew at the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens
Patriarch Bartholomew at the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens
Patriarch Bartholomew at the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens

On June 7, 2017, His All-Holiness addressed the Concordia Europe Summit, in Athens, Greece. Concordia is a non-profit organization founded by Mr. Nick Logothetis and Mr. Matthew Swift that cultivates public-private partnerships in order to address issues challenging societies around the world. The Patriarch's remarks introduced a session focused on the refugee and migration crisis.

His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany

His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany
His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany
His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany
His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew in Germany

On May 29, 2017, His All-Holiness travelled to Stuttgart, Germany, to visit the Evangelical Church in Germany, which is celebrating the 500-year anniversary since the Reformation. The Patriarch was invited by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm to attend the celebrations.

Russian Cossacks will help Syrians preserve ancient Christian heritage

The Stavropol Cossacks are planning to travel to the ancient Christian city of Maaloula in Syria in order to explore and examine the historical texts in the Aramiac language, in an effort to help the Syrians preserve their venerable Christian heritage, reports Interfax-Religion.

“After the destruction perpetrated by the terrorists in the city, we believe it is necessary to go there and begin working on the written monuments in the Aramaic language, the language of Christ, which the militants failed to destroy,” said the deputy of the ataman of the Stavropol Cossack Society Dimitry Tarasov. “Additionally, we want to record conversations with local residents who speak a modern dialect of Aramaic,” he continued.

Militants Attack Coptic Christians in El-Minya : Several Dead and Dozens Injured

Militants attacked a bus carrying Coptic Orthodox Christian on their way to St. Samuel Monastery in the east of El-Minya governorate in Egypt on Friday 26th May 2017. At least 26 people were killed and many others are injured. A mini bus and two cars were attached. There are children among who are dead. Minya incident is the latest attack on Christians in Egypt. Coptic Christian are often targets of deadly attacks by several extremist groups in Egypt.

The visit of President of The U.SA. at the Church of the Resurrection

On Monday morning, 9th/22nd  May 2017, the President of the U.S.A. Mr. Donald Trump arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel-Aviv. Present at the official welcome was His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, as a representative of our Venerable Patriarchate. In the afternoon of the same day, the President of the U.S.A. visited the Church of the Resurrection, coming from David’s Gate with his wife and associates.