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U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom calls on Turkey to Reopen Halki Seminary
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) calls on the Turkish government to reopen the Greek Orthodox Theological School of Halki, which was closed 44 years ago this month when the government nationalized all private institutions of higher learning. Full Text
Order of Saint Andrew Represented at Groundbreaking Social Media and Minorities Conference in Istanbul
On November 13, 2015, Archon John Metaxas attended a Conference in Istanbul on behalf of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, entitled, "Between Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech: Minorities and Social Media". The Conference was organized by Archon Laki Vingas, Council Member, General Directorate of Foundations and Representative of Non Muslim Foundations in Istanbul. The Conference focused on the results of Social Media and Minorities Project, which was carried out as part of the Civil Society Dialogue Programme. Full Text
Archon Religious Freedom presentation held at Metropolis of Chicago Assembly
With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, the Archons of the Metropolis of Chicago held an Archon Retreat, November 13-15, 2015 in Madison, WI, as part of the Metropolis' bi-annual Clergy/Laity Philoptochos Assembly. Full Text
MLK and Archbishop Iakovos highlighted at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture shone a light Monday on a major milestone — the completion of exterior construction — by lighting up the museum itself. Full Text
The Weekly Standard reports on 'Why Do We Not Save Christians?'
The Yom Kippur liturgy, just followed in synagogues around the world, repeats several times references to God as one who rescues captives. The central daily Jewish prayer as well refers to God who “supports the fallen, heals the sick, sets captives free.” And throughout Jewish history, the redemption of captives has been considered an important commandment. This is the background to the repeated decisions by the state of Israel to free a hundred or a thousand Arab prisoners in exchange for one single captive Jew. It is also the background to Israel’s actions to rescue the entire Ethiopian and Yemeni Jewish communities by bringing them to Israel. Full Text
Multireligious Cooperation Should Lie at Heart of Europe’s Migration Agenda: Metropolitan Emmanuel of France
Religious leaders must “facilitate the representation of the ‘other’ and support the initiatives of public authorities and civil society”, said KAICIID Board Member and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel in his address to the European Assembly of Religions for Peace. Full Text
Greek school to reopen on Turkey's western Gökçeada after 40 years
A school for Greek children on a Turkish island in the Aegean Sea will open its doors to students for the first time in 40 years next week, a local official said Tuesday. Full Text
Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans issues August-September newsletter
The Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans is the international federative union of the Greek-Orthodox Community of Istanbul which was forced to expatriation after the consequent anti-minority measures implemented by the Government of Republic of Turkey during the period 1923-2003. Full Text
Pope Francis sends message as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew receives Honorary Doctorate
His Holiness Pope Francis sent a message on Monday, October 27, 2015 on the occasion of the conferral of an honorary doctorate to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The Honorary Doctorate in the Culture of Unity was granted to the Ecumenical Patriarch by the Sophia University Institute "for his service to the unity of the human family." Full Text
TIME Magazine reports on 'Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: How We Relate to God Should Be How We Treat Our Planet'
When we read in the Christian Scriptures about Christ as a physician and healer, most of us imagine a miracle worker or magician, someone who might be invoked to intervene in order to solve problems. We envision a deus ex machina—a mechanical or metaphysical figure who reaches out of the heavens to alleviate tragedies and dispel controversies. Full Text
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