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Archons Brief United States Commission on International Religious Freedom on Recent Muslim Prayers Held at Hagia Sophia
7/19/2016
A delegation of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle to Washington, D.C. has met with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) regarding the status of religious minorities in Turkey and the recent Muslim prayers recited at Hagia Sophia. Full Text


Archons hold meetings with Obama Administration and Congress regarding Hagia Sophia and religious minorities in Turkey
7/18/2016
A delegation from the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle has returned from its trip to Washington, D.C., to brief the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders on the situation in Turkey regarding religious minorities. Full Text


US Foreign Policy Leaders Praise Great Council
7/12/2016
July 6, 2016, Washington, DC -- Many of the United States' top foreign policy leaders put statements in the Congressional Record and on social media praising Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the historic Holy and Great Council that convened in Crete, Greece June 19-26. Below are excerpts from these statements and links to their full remarks. Full Text


House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Democrat, Congressman Eliot Engel statement on the Holy and Great Council Meeting of the Orthodox Christian Churches
6/24/2016
Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today entered into the Congressional Record the following statement on the Great and Holy Council meeting of the Orthodox Christian Churches that began on Sunday: Full Text


Statement by the Ranking Democrat on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the Holy and Great Council
6/24/2016
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement, submitted to the Congressional Record, recognizing the Holy and Great Council gathering of Christian Orthodox churches taking place in Crete, Greece: Full Text


USA Today reports on 'Congress stops traveling to Turkey after ethics probes, political turmoil'
6/24/2016
Members of Congress have abandoned privately funded trips to Turkey, once a favorite destination for such junkets, after investigations by House ethics panels and USA TODAY indicated many of these trips had been illegally funded. Full Text


The Economist reports on 'Why Orthodox patriarchs are meeting after centuries'
6/24/2016
THERE are some religious statements about the world which made history and affected the way people millions of people thought. One was in Pacem in Terris, a denunciation of war issued in 1963 by a dying Pope John XXIII; an earlier landmark in Catholic teaching was De Rerum Novarum which in 1891 accepted the right of workers to form unions. In comparison, the leaders of the world’s 200m Orthodox Christians have rarely, in recent times, managed to speak together and address a clear message to humanity. It is partly in the hope of doing so that bishops of that church will be deliberating in Crete between now and June 26th. What has taken them so long and what do they hope to achieve? Full Text


Hillary Clinton Statement on the Convening of the Holy and Great Council
6/24/2016
Hillary Clinton released the following statement to honor and celebrate the long-awaited bringing together of key Orthodox church leaders from around the world who represent about 200 million Orthodox believers. The Holy and Great Council last gathered more than a thousand years ago and the meeting taking place this week in Greece is nearly 50 years in the making: Full Text


Statement by House Foreign Affairs Committee Member, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) recognizing the Holy and Great Council
6/21/2016
Christianity and Orthodox Christianity, in particular, have suffered greatly in recent years. This negative development is the result of the Islamic fanaticism perpetuated by the Islamic State and other terror groups using the war in Syria as an excuse to ``ethnically cleanse'' Orthodox Christians from their villages. One such horror was the international broadcast of Islamic State members simultaneously beheading twenty-one Egyptians because they would not convert to Islam when ordered to denounce their Coptic Orthodox Christian faith. Full Text


Former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) issues statement on the Holy and Great Council
6/21/2016
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record to mark the Great and Holy Council, a once-in-a-millennium meeting of Orthodox Christian Churches: Full Text


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