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His Beatitude, Gregorios III, Patriarch / Batriyark of the cities of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem, of Cilicia, Syria, Iberia, Arabia Mesopotamia, Pentapolis, Ethiopia, of all of Egypt and the entire East, Father of Fathers, Pastor of Pastors, Bishop of Bishops, the Thirteenth of The Holy Apostles (Patriarcat Grec Melkite Catholique) - Messages, Speeches, and Interviews

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Bibliography from the Eparchy of Newton

Sharings of the Patriarch from the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts), United States

2006

Thoughts about the Lecture of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI of Tuesday, 12 September 2006 by His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and All the East

Message in Arabic, Microsoft Word file (.doc)

Instructions how to place Traditional Arabic font (trado.ttf) and Traditional Arabic bold font (tradbdo.ttf) on your computer and how to download the Arabic Language version of Adobe Arcobat Reader

Message in English

Situation in Lebannon (7/21/06), A Patriarchal Circular Message from His Beatitude Gregory III Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem, Issued July 21, 2006

Complete message in Arabic, Adobe Acrobat file (.pdf).

Instructions how to place Traditional Arabic font (trado.ttf) and Traditional Arabic bold font (tradbdo.ttf) on your computer and how to download the Arabic Language version of Adobe Arcobat Reader

Excerpts from the message in English

2004

On the Bombing of Churches in Iraq (8/03/04), A statement from His Beatitude Gregory III Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, of Alexandria and Jerusalem, Issued - Roslindale, Massachusetts August 2, 2004

On the Bombing of Churches in Iraq (8/03/04), Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

2002

GREEK-MELKITE LEADER URGES SADDAM TOWARD PEACE

ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome, Daily Dispatch September 18, 2002

MILAN, Italy, SEPT. 18, 2002 (ZENIT.org-Avvenire).- Greek-Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham of Antioch sent a letter to Saddam Hussein and to all Arab heads of state, urging them to be responsible in fostering peace.

The Catholic patriarch announced the news during a press conference Tuesday in Lodi, a northern Italian town he is visiting.

The patriarch, who was patriarchal vicar in Jerusalem for 26 years, emphasized that it "must be said forcefully that the last word is not war but peace."

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Talks during Visit to the United States

"Eastern Catholic Churches: Window between East and West"
His speech at the Orientale Lumen Conference, June 3-6, Washington, DC
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"From Unia to Koinonia"
His speech at the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT, where His Beatitude was conferred an Honorary Doctoral Degree on May 28
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"The Situation of the Christians in the Middle East"
His speech at the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers, Tuesday, May 21, 2002, Cleveland, OH
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Patriarch's Appeal for Peace To the whole world and to President George Bush 5/02

2001

Interview

An Interview with Patriarch Gregory III (9/22/01)
This interview was conducted on May 12, 2001 between the editor of Sophia and His Beatitude, Patriarch Gregorios III on the occasion of his first visit to the USA since his election as Melkite Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch and all the East. The following is an excerpt from Sophia Magazine, May-August 2001, (Volume 31, Number 3-4)

2 Eastern Leaders Talk About Unity with Orthodox

2 Eastern Leaders Talk About Unity with Orthodox ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

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Date: 2001-10-25

2 Eastern Leaders Talk About Unity with Orthodox

Ukrainian Cardinal More Cautious About Prospects

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 25, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Two Eastern-rite Catholic leaders hope their communities will be a bridge of unity between the Roman and Orthodox Churches. But they showed different degrees of optimism on how fast that will happen.

Gregory III Laham, patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkites, and Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, archbishop major of Lviv, Ukraine, met with journalists Tuesday to explain their Churches´ situation and eventual steps that might be taken after the Synod of Bishops. They are attending the synod, which ends Saturday.

Patriarch Gregory, whose see is in Damascus, was pleased with the welcome given by the synod to Eastern-rite Catholics (who have the same origin as the Orthodox, but are in communion with the Holy See of Rome), and noted a certain willingness "to listen to the voice of this little Eastern flock."

The issue of the relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches has been addressed at the synod. John Paul II has promoted the ties.

Gregory III announced that he wrote a letter, which was distributed to the synod participants, in which he proposed the reinforcement of relations between Middle Eastern Catholic Churches, and those of Eastern Europe and India, for the purpose of full unity with Rome.

"The synod does not end in Rome; we wish to walk together in the third millennium," the patriarch said.

Cardinal Husar, who must contend with Moscow´s Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II, was somewhat pessimistic. The "step from the ear to the heart might take longer and be more difficult than imagined," the Ukrainian cardinal cautioned.

The cardinal said he was disappointed "by the position of the patriarch of Moscow, who continues to speak of the ´Uniates´ -- a pejorative term used by Orthodox, who refer to Eastern-rite Catholics as a ´problem.´"

In fact, the Russian patriarch was categorically opposed to the papal visit to Ukraine last June.

According to the Ukrainian cardinal, "the closer we get to a solution of the problem between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox, the more excuses are found not to come to an agreement. Patriarch Alexy accuses Eastern-rite Catholics of using violence against Orthodox, but we are not aware of any such case."

"Because of this, we have asked him to point out at least one such case, but he has not given us an answer," the cardinal concluded.

Gregory III reported on progress in "the dialogue between patriarchs and the Pope, which is developing very well," and recalled that "in 1998 the Holy Father received all the patriarchs of the Middle East in audience." On that occasion, the Pontiff asked for support to have his Petrine ministry better understood.

The patriarchs responded by preparing a 20-page document, including proposals to develop relations between patriarchal Churches and the Apostolic See. The Holy Father said the document would be "studied with special care."

As John Paul II states in his encyclical "Ut Unum Sint," the papal ministry is a critical point for progress in the ecumenical dialogue. The Pontiff himself initiated a debate with the other Churches to find ways to apply his ministry, which might be accepted by the Orthodox, but without undermining Christ´s mandate to his Apostle Peter.

Gregory III announced that a conference of Eastern Catholic Churches will be held Nov. 19-23 in Rome, organized by the Oriental Institute.

2000

Christmas Message

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