Christmas Feast in Jerusalem

Christmas Feast in Jerusalem
Christmas Feast in Jerusalem
Christmas Feast in Jerusalem
Christmas Feast in Jerusalem

The Feast of Christ’s Nativity was celebrated by the Patriarchate according to the tradition and order at the Basilica of the Nativity and the God-receiving Cave in the town of Bethlehem, on Sunday December 25, 2017/ January 7, 2018.

Visit of His Beatitude Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, His All-Holiness received His Beatitude Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria together with the members of his entourage—various metropolitans and clergy of the Church of Bulgaria—at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, during His Beatitude’s visit for the reopening of the newly renovated Church of St. Stephen in the Phanar District.

The Feast of Theophany at the Phanar

The Feast of Theophany at the Phanar
The Feast of Theophany at the Phanar
The Feast of Theophany at the Phanar
The Feast of Theophany at the Phanar

On Saturday, January 6, 2018, His All-Holiness celebrated the Divine Liturgy together with members of the Holy and Sacred Synod on the occasion of the Feast of Theophany at the Patriarchal Church of St. George. Among the numerous faithful in attendance were His Excellency John Amanatidis, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Evangelos Sekeris, Consul General of the Hellenic Republic to Istanbul, and the Honorable Oleksandr Gaman, Consul General of Ukraine to Istanbul. Following the Divine Liturgy, the Ecumenical Patriarch led the traditional blessing of the waters and the throwing of the cross into the Golden Horn.

Visits of Christian Churches for the Christmas Feast

Visits of Christian Churches for the Christmas Feast
Visits of Christian Churches for the Christmas Feast
Visits of Christian Churches for the Christmas Feast
Visits of Christian Churches for the Christmas Feast

The Franciscan Brotherhood visited the Patriarchate on the occasion of Christmas under its Hegoumen Fr. Francesco Patton at 9.15 a.m. on Tuesday December 27, 2017/ January 9, 2018.

Metropolitan Rastislav of Czech Lands and Slovakia in interview with Basilica.ro

Basilica.roWhat are the most important problems that the Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church experienced during the communist regime? How did you manage to overcome them?

HB Met. Rastislav: Our local Church has not experienced such persecutions on a large scale, as was the case, for example, of the Russian Orthodox Church in Soviet Russia. Of course, there was total control over the clergy, but this cannot be called open hostility. In the late 1950s, the Uniate parishes in Slovakia were forcibly attached to the Orthodox Church, which were like delay-action mines for future generations.