Translated from the original by Costas Balomenos
The Ecumenical Patriarch. Mr. Barthelemy Α’
ith the beginning of the 20th century and specifically in 1902, the then Patriarch of Constantinople Joachim III, sent to the heads of the Orthodox Churches a text, in which he urged them to develop a dialogue with the heterodox churches.
In their reply, the Orthodox Churches stressed the need for unity, but they pointed to the difficulties which existed. The Greek Church, in fact, added that in the past had made similar attempts, but they had failed.
In January 1920 the Ecumenical Patriarchate addressed a circular letter “to the Churches of Christ around the world”, in which called them for establishing of a “society” of Churches, according to the standards of the “
League of Nations” (the current UN)...