In category : Speeches — @ 18:00

His Beatitude Theophilos III  address at the inauguration of the new wing of the Orthodox School in Taybe, Tuesday the 3th of April 2012.

Your Excellency Mr Basam Rifai,

The U.S. Aid Commissioner,

Dr. Leila Ganam, Mohafez of Ramallah and Bireh,

Your Eminences,

Dear Friends of the Taybe Rum Orthodox School

 

It is a great honour for Us to inaugurate the new section of this educational institution.

Knowledge is the key to freedom and truth. This is precisely what the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate has been promoting throughout the ages, despite the many difficulties and complexities through which it exercises its ministry and mission here in the Holy Land and the broader area of the Middle East. (More…)



In category : Current News — @ 20:00

On the invitation of His Beatitude Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, and in the framework of the pastoral care of the Senior Patriarchates of the Middle East and the Apostolic Church of Cyprus, arrived today, 27th March 2012, Their Beatitudes, Patriarch Theodoros II, of Alexandria and All Africa, Patriarch Ignatius IV, of Antioch and all the East, and Patriarch Theophilos III, of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, to participate in the  Synaxis of the primates of the Orthodox Churches, in order to discuss  the situation of the Christians in the region of the Middle East and to find ways of solidarity, strengthening and support of the Christians to maintain their presence in their ancestral homes. (More…)



In category : Liturgic Life,Speeches — @ 20:00

On Thursday, the 9th / 22nd of March 2012, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated according to the order of the rite and the Status Quo, the Feast of the Fourty Martyrs and in this context celebrated particularly the Name Day of His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, named after one of these glorious  Martyrs.

On the eve of this Feast, the 9th Hour was read at the Monastic Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, followed by the solemn descent via the Christian Road to the Church of Resurrection.

In front of the Shrine of the Stone of the Anointing our Father His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III venerated. His Beatitude was then received in front of the Holy Sepulchre by priests and deacons, members of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre, dressed in full vestment and offered thymiama-insense. His Beatitude venerated the Holy Sepulchre followed by the Archbishops and Hieromonks. (More…)



In category : Speeches — @ 22:00

Jerusalem,  19 March 2012

Remarks at the Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference

Sponsored by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

at the Konrad Adenauer Event Center

Mishkenot Sha’ananim.

Rabbi Neril,

Distinguished Fellow Panelists,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Thank you for this opportunity, to make a few remarks to this Conference and to participate in this panel. The subject of climate and energy is a vast and crucial one for our time, our region, and our world. All thoughtful people are concerned about the integrity of the environment and the careful human stewardship of our natural resources. The earth is the common home of all humanity, and we have a moral responsibility to ensure that all humanity is able to share our earthly home. As the prophet David says in the Psalms,  “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it”, (Ps.24:1). (More…)



In category : Speeches — @ 20:00

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

 To the Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference Of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (Jerusalem, March 2012)

 

“Dear friends, beloved conference participants,

It is a joy and privilege to address you from the venerable See of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as you assemble for the Interfaith Climate and Energy Conference.

For the Orthodox Christian Church, the protection of the environment as God’s creation is the supreme responsibility of human beings, quite apart from any material or other financial benefits that it may bring, in the Book of Genesis, we are told that God gave the gift of this “very beautiful” world to humanity together with the commandment to “serve and preserve” it. There is an intimate relationship between the Creator and the creation. Our understanding of salvation is not other-worldly, but involves the transfiguration of this world. The natural environment cannot be separated from personal piety and spirituality.

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