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Full interview with Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis in Hurriyet newspaper, entitled 'The Pope's Visit to Istanbul was for Patriarch Bartholomew'
The Pope’s visit to Turkey was of immense importance on several levels: First, it was a visit to a worldwide leader of another Christian church, namely Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, whose church Pope Francis regards as indispensable for Christian unity. Full Text
Ohio joins 42 other states in supporting Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Ohio became the 43rd state to express its support for religious freedom for Orthodox Christianity’s Ecumenical Patriarchate on December 9th when the Ohio House of Representatives adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 in a unanimous 85-0 vote. The Ohio Senate had earlier adopted the resolution in May. SCR 21 is the 53rd such resolution to be adopted in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in these states. Full Text
Aleteia reports on 'Orthodox Theologian Sees "Big Step Forward" with Francis Visit to Istanbul'
A leading Orthodox theologian has said that Pope Francis’s words while visiting Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul “represent a big step forward.” Full Text
The Hurriyet Daily News reports on 'Ecumenical Patriarchate title would elevate Turkey's reputation'
The Turkish government can ‘only benefit from recognizing the ecumenical status of the Patriarchate’ a senior official from the Fener Orthodox Patriarchate says in an exclusive interview Full Text
The Orthodox Christian Network reports on 'Persecution of Christians: What You Should Know'
The systematic persecution of Christians in Iraq is indicative of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East; cruel and barbaric. Like many minorities, these Indigenous inhabitants of Iraq have suffered under various regimes; however, the situation worsened in the last few weeks when the militant extremists ISIS (or DAESH as per their Arabic acronym) started a genocide, “cleansing” the Christians from Iraq, in order to establish an Islamic Caliphate State. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Who is the pope, who is the ecumenical patriarch?'
If you do not know Turkey, you may get the impression that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government have huge admiration for the pope but are allergic to the ecumenical patriarch. Namely, you may be very confused how and why the Turkish government differentiates so tremendously in its treatment of the religious leaders of the Orthodox and Catholic sects of Christianity. Full Text
St. Nicholas Ground Zero: Symbol of Faith from Ashes by Archon Nicholas Gage
Once firmly established in the United States, the major religious denominations in America took action to proclaim their presence by each building a great house of worship in a major thoroughfare in the country’s most significant urban center – New York City. Full Text
Pope Francis to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, November 29-30
As Pope Francis gears up for a three-day visit to Turkey at the end of the week, many in this Middle Eastern country suggest that the elephant in the room — religious freedom — should be at the top of his agenda. Full Text
The Hurriyet Daily News reports on 'Turkey should use Pope’s visit to improve image of Islam'
Pope Francis will be visiting Turkey this weekend. This will be his sixth trip outside of Italy after he became pope in 2013. The fact that Turkey ranks among the first countries that Pope Francis is visiting already tells us a lot. Full Text
USCIRF issues statement: "Turkey: Reopen Halki"
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today urged the Turkish government to reopen the Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary, the only Greek Orthodox educational institution in Turkey, which was closed 43 years ago this month. Halki remains closed despite Turkish government officials’ promises and public statements of support for its reopening. Full Text
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