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Distinguished Archons to be honored at The Hellenic Initiative's 2nd Annual Banquet, October 2
6/2/2014
The Order of Saint Andrew is pleased to learn that Archons George D. Behrakis and John Papajohn, along with Peter G. Peterson will be honored at the The Hellenic Initiative's 2nd Annual Banquet on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Full Text


USCIRF issues statement on Hagia Sophia
6/2/2014
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) finds misguided a recent bill introduced in Turkey’s parliament that would change the status of the historic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from a museum to a mosque. USCIRF urges Prime Minister Erdoğan publicly to reject the bill and affirm that Hagia Sophia’s current status will be maintained. Full Text


Order of St. Andrew presents program entitled, 'Religious Freedom & the Ecumenical Patriarchate' at Annual Conference of National Hellenic Student Association in NYC on May 10, 2014
5/21/2014
At the kind invitation from the National Hellenic Student Association through its President, Konstantine Ouranitsas, the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was asked to offer a presentation at their annual conference in New York City regarding the Religious Freedom and Human Rights deficit that exists in Turkey today as it pertains to the Ecumenical Patriarchate as well as other religious minorities in that country. Greetings were read from His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America. Officially welcoming the attendees was Consul General of Greece in New York, Georgios Iliopoul Full Text


The Meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in the Holy City of Jerusalem, May 24-26
5/17/2014
On Sunday, May 25, 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will meet at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to commemorate a meeting in the Holy Land fifty years ago by their revered predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. Full Text


Archons Brief Key US Policymakers
5/9/2014
Leaders of the Order of St. Andrew – Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate this week held meetings in Washington, DC with top US policymakers to discuss recent developments regarding the religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Full Text


Deutsche Welle reports on 'Christians in Turkey are second-class citizens'
5/9/2014
The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Batholomew of Constantinople, arrives to Germany May 10. During his nine-day visit, the 74-year-old will meet with state representatives including Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck. He'll also be a guest of honor at major Christian churches, and receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Munich. Full Text


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issues 2014 Annual Report; Returns Turkey to “Tier 2” (Watch List) Citing Serious Religious Freedom Violations
5/9/2014
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent federal advisory body of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) created to monitor religious freedom abuses abroad, released its 2014 Annual Report which targets countries where particularly severe violations of religious freedom are tolerated or perpetrated. USCIRF announced the placement of 10 countries on its 2014 "Tier 2" list, a USCIRF designation for governments that engage in or tolerate violations that are serious, but which are not CPC-level violators. USCIRF urged increased U.S. government attention to these countries, which include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, and Turkey. Full Text


Archons co-sponsor symposium, "Christian Populations in the Middle East Since the Arab Spring"
4/29/2014
On April 25th, Archon Districts 1 and 2 of New York co-sponsored a symposium, titled Christian Populations in the Middle East Since the Arab Spring, which was held at Yale University. The panel discussion featured three professors: Stephen Davis of Yale University, Ellen Lust of Yale University and Christine M. Philliou of Columbia University. Full Text


Hagia Sophia by National Geographic
4/28/2014
To review the extraordinary history of the construction of Hagia Sophia, the Patriarchal Cathedral church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate from December 537 To May 1453, view the National Geographic program below offered in English with Greek subtitles. Full Text


Preserving & Protecting the Unwaning Light of the Phanar
4/20/2014
As we Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter with family and friends, sharing the Paschal light and hearing the joyful pealing of the Paschal bells, let us not forget to pray for the Mother Church of Constantinople, the spiritual source of these sacred traditions, and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, our worldwide spiritual father. Full Text


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