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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
One-Year Memorial Service for Nicholas J. Bouras to be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, NJ, December 21
The one year Memorial Service for our beloved National Vice-Commander, Nicholas J. Bouras, Archon Depoutatos, who fell asleep in the Lord, December 22, 2013, will be led by His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield, New Jersey. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM, followed by the Memorial Service. A reception in memory of Mr. Bouras will be held in the Bouras Center of Holy Trinity following the Memorial Service. Full Text
The Huffington Post reports on 'During His Crucial ISIS-Focused Trip to Turkey, Why Would the Vice President of the United States Meet With Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew?'
Why would Vice President Joe Biden, during his crucial, ISIS focused, trip to Turkey, meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew? Part of the answer lies in Vice President Biden describing Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as "one of the two most Christ-like people I have ever met." World-renowned journalist Charlie Rose said of Bartholomew, "There is no interview that I would place higher than the conversation I had with The Ecumenical Patriarch." Full Text
PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly reports on 'Pope Francis Trip to Turkey'
At the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangels in Istanbul, Sunday morning worship unfolds as it has for centuries. Christians here say the ancient liturgy and the images that fill the sanctuary help connect them to the roots of their faith. Several books of the New Testament were written in what is now Turkey, and many foundational Christian doctrines were established here. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Yes to a mosque on a Cuban hill, no to Halki Seminary'
The Halki Seminary, officially called the Theological School of Halki, was the main school of theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church's Ecumenical Patriarchate of İstanbul until a law enacted by the Turkish Parliament banned private higher education institutions in 1971. It has remained closed since 1971. Full Text
Al-monitor reports on 'Pope's visit to Turkey is a chance to bridge ancient divide'
As Ankara prepares to receive Pope Francis on Nov. 28-30, Turkish media have noted with raised eyebrows that Turkish affairs do not appear to be uppermost on the pope’s mind. “It was conspicuous that the pope chose to speak of the ‘Ecumenical Patriarchate’ and ‘Constantinople’ rather than of Turkey,” when referring to the destination of his upcoming visit, the daily Milliyet pointed out huffily. Full Text
The Irish Times reports on 'Turkey accused of turning blind eye to destruction of Christian sites'
The light of day was quickly fading as a farmer gestured to follow him through a doorway into the stone outhouse. Inside, in the darkness, there are sacks of animal food and dust-covered machinery. Full Text
Fourth Annual Saint Andrew's Freedom Forum
Please join the Saint Andrew's Freedom Forum for the Fourth Annual Congressional St. Andrew's Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception, November 19, 2014 Full Text
OCN reports on 'Patriarch John of Antioch: Jihadists Do Not Frighten Us'
In his interview with VIMA, Patriarch John of Antioch highlighted the necessity of international mobilization for peace in the Middle East and the release of the two bishops of Aleppo who were kidnapped 18 months ago on the Turkish-Syrian border. Full Text
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