Archbishop Received by Ecumenical Patriarch; Announces $350K for Balikli Hospital

CONSTANTINOPLE – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America arrived in Constantinople for the third Centennial Pilgrimage and was received at the Phanar by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

During the meeting, His Eminence informed Patriarch Bartholomew that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has secured an initial amount of $350,000 toward rebuilding efforts and the relief of those displaced after a fire destroyed parts of the Balikli Greek Hospital four days ago.

“The Hospital is a historic building and a vital institution that today cares for our elderly sisters and brothers residing in the city,” His Eminence said, affirming a statement he issued last week. “Today, I was happy to inform His All-Holiness that our Omogeneia has responded immediately to our call to mitigate material damages:

“The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Leadership 100 Fund has committed $100,000.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Phanar along with Archdeacon Dionysios Papiris, Fr. Nektarios Papazafiropoulos, His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos, Fr. Christoforos Oikonomidis, and Archdeacon Philotheos Tomczewski. (Photo: GOARCH)

“The Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, has committed $100,000, while the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society has committed $50,000.

“In addition, our Church has committed another $100,000 and we expect this amount to increase through fundraising.”

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Phanar. (Photo: GOARCH)

His Eminence will be visiting the Balikli Greek Hospital in the next few days. The hospital, located in the Zeytinburnu district, suffered extensive damage during a devastating fire on August 4.

Panagia Soumela and Honorary Doctorate by the University of the Aegean

On August 14, the Archbishop will journey to the historic Panagia Soumela Monastery to concelebrate the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos with His All-Holiness. Located high in the mountains near the city of Trebizond, the monastery has remained the symbol of Pontian Hellenism for 16 centuries.

On September 5, His Eminence will travel to Chios, Greece, where he will be conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of the Aegean.
His Eminence’s public schedule can be accessed at www.goarch.org/news/archbishop/schedule.


BOSTON – The Archdiocese of America has contributed financially to the renovation of the Marasleios School, whose inauguration took place on the occasion of the name day celebration of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

STUTTGART, Germany — A dramatic stoppage-time goal saw Hungary beat Scotland 1-0 at the European Championship on Sunday to wreck its opponent’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time in its history.

HOUSTON  — Gerardo Arteaga scored from the edge of the penalty area in the 69th minute and Mexico beat Jamaica 1-0 on Saturday night in its Copa America opener.

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's center-right leader secured parliamentary approval to lead a new coalition government in a vote late Sunday.

JERUSALEM — Leaders of major churches have accused Israeli authorities of launching a “coordinated attack” on the Christian presence in the Holy Land by initiating tax proceedings against them.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.