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Broadcast of Historic Jerusalem Meeting Between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis

Friday, May 23, 2014
On Sunday, May 25, 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will meet in the Holy Sepulcher (the Empty Tomb of Christ) in Jerusalem to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the meeting between their predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. read more »

Antiochian Archdiocese Resumes Full Participation in Assembly

Friday, May 09, 2014
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America has resumed full participation in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. read more »

Independent Audit Now Available Online

Friday, March 28, 2014
An independent audit of the financial records of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America has been completed and is available online. read more »

Assembly IV Concludes; Assembly Issues Statements to the Faithful

Friday, September 20, 2013
In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly agreed to issue two statements—one on the Church’s unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East. The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of Assembly IV. read more »

The Importance of Sunday

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Recovering the theological significance of Sunday is fundamental to rebalancing our lives. As Orthodox and Catholics, we share a theological view of Sunday and so our purpose in this statement is four-fold: to offer a caring response to what is not just a human, but also a theological question; to add a little more volume to the growing chorus of Christian voices trying to be heard in the din of our non-stop worklife; to offer brief reflections in hopes of drawing attention to the fuller expositions elsewhere; and to reinforce the ecumenical consensus by speaking as Orthodox and Catholics with one voice. read more »

Third Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops

Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held its third annual meeting for all member hierarchs, that is, all active canonical bishops in its region. The meeting was held from September 10-12, 2012, at the Chicago O'Hare Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. Forty-three bishops were in attendance. read more »

2012 Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops Convenes in September

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America will be convened Monday through Wednesday, September 10 through 12 at the O?Hare Airport Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. read more »

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America: Year in Review

Monday, February 20, 2012
In today?s secular society, which is often filled with meaningless rhetoric, it is encouraging to report that the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America is progressing toward its stated goals. read more »

Record of Protest Against the Infringement of Religious Liberty by the Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, February 02, 2012
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, which is comprised of the 65 canonical Orthodox bishops in the United States, Canada and Mexico, join their voices with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and all those who adamantly protest the recent decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and call upon all the Orthodox Christian faithful to contact their elected representatives today to voice their concern in the face of this threat to the sanctity of the Church read more »

Assembly of Bishops Condemns Imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan by FYROM and Asks for His Release

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Upon receiving the information that Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid was arrested on December 12, 2011, while entering the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) from the border with Greece, the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America reaffirm the position taken by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) in August 2005, and furthermore restate that the persecution and new imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan by FYROM are an outrage, and ask for his immediate release. read more »

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