Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Meets with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as part of his Patriarchal and Apostolic Visit to the United States met yesterday, Wednesday, October 28, with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters.

The Secretary General warmly received the Ecumenical Patriarch, and after the two were photographed together, His All Holiness signed the official visitor's book.

The meeting that ensued was held in a cordial atmosphere. The discussion revolved around the issues of mutual environmental concerns, climate change and the initiatives for dialogue among people, religions and cultures.

Fordham University Bestows Highest Honor on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Fordham University conferred yesterday its highest honor, the Honorary Doctorate of Laws, to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew "for his remarkable service to the world community and for the principles that he continues to uphold."

The solemn and historic conferral ceremony was held in the University Church at the Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, NY and was attended by many hundreds of people, University officials and trustees, professors and students, clergy of the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox Churches, honored guests and hundreds of faithful.

"Discerning God's Presence in the World"

At the Convocation and Honorary Degree
In Honor of His All Holiness
Fordham University Church

Fordham University
Direct Archdiocesan District
The Bronx, New York

October 27, 2009

(Remarks as prepared for delivery)

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Most Learned President, Father Joseph McShane, Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees and Beloved Brothers of the Society of Jesus, Most Learned Professors and Students, Your Eminences and Graces, Distinguished Guests, Beloved children and people of God,

Introduction of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Ceremony for the Conferral of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Fordham

The Visit of His All Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
The University Church
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.

Remarks as prepared for delivery

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"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad."

U.S. State Department on the restrictions of religious freedom in R. Macedonia

On 26th October, the U.S. State Department published its Religious Freedom Report 2009 for Macedonia. A significant part of the Report is dedicated exactly to the restrictions of the religious freedom that the Government of R. Macedonia is imposing upon the Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan and the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.

Message of His Eminence Seraphim Archbishop of Johannesburg and Pretoria for St. Thomas’s Day

Your Eminence, beloved brother Milutin, in the name of His Beatitude Patriarch of Alexandria Theodoros the Second, priests and faithful of this metropolis, I would like to wish you a warm welcome and kindly ask for your prayers for the advancement of Orthodox Church in Africa and Serbia and for our Churches to continue to exist through their spiritual and missionary work. I would also like to use this opportunity to greet very reverend father Arsenije, abbot of monastery Kaona, which is well-known for monastic life.