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Hurriyet Daily News reports on 'Halki seminary should be opened: Gov’t spokesman'
Heybeliada Halki Seminary should be opened and this is a humanitarian right, Deputy PM Arınç tells a Berlin conference also attended by representatives of the minorities in Turkey. Arınç says its is not a favor, also apologizing the community leaders for the things that happened in the past. Full Text
International Herald Tribune reports on 'Minority Rites'
The Princes’ Islands are a chain of volcanic droplets off the coast of Istanbul, famous for their grand Palladian-style wooden summer homes and sweet-smelling pine woods. From one of the hilltops of the second-largest, Heybeliada, "the saddle-bagged" island, the view across the water is of a metropolis in motion, growing higher and wider, eating into more and more green space every year. Full Text
Presentation on the Fall of Constantinople, March 5
The Cyprus Federation of America in cooperaton with Piraeus Bank and Investors Bank will be offering a book presentation of "Queen of Cities: A Historical Novel on the Fall of Constantinople" by Professor Andrew Novo of the National Defense University. Full Text
American Hellenic Institute to honor Order of Saint Andrew at Awards Dinner, March 9
The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) will be honoring the Order of Saint Andrew with the AHI Hellenic Heritage Religious Freedom Award during their 38th anniversary dinner held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Capital Hilton Hotel (1001 16th & K Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 393-1000) in Washington, D.C. The room rate of $159 per room/night is reserved only until February 25. Click the link below to make your reservations. Full Text
Metropolis of Chicago and Chicago Archons announce Illinois state-wide campaign in support of religious freedom for the Mother Church
Imagine the worldwide outrage if the Pope resigned and the Italian government insisted it have a role in deciding who would take his place. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Patriarch Bartholomew found out about commission on Halki through media'
Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I in İstanbul has said he learned that a special commission was set up to decide the fate of the Halki Seminary, which has been closed for more than four decades, from newspapers. Full Text
Statement by His All-Holiness at the announcement of the retirement of Benedict XVI, Pope of Rome
Upon being informed on the way to his native island of Imvros of the imminent retirement of Pope Benedict from the Petrine ministry on the Throne of Rome, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a formal declaration and personal statement to the media, responding with sadness to the news. Full Text
His All-Holiness on the bombing of the US Embassy in Turkey
His All-Holiness expressed his condolences to the US Ambassador in Turkey on the recent terrorist attack of the Embassy in Ankara. Full Text
Father Maximos of Mount Athos to lead 2013 Archon Lenten Retreat, April 19-20
With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Tenth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on April 19 and 20 under the chairmanship of Archon Hieromnimon Peter Skeadas. Full Text
"Celebrating Freedom in America, Missing Freedom in Turkey" by Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou
Today is a day of both celebration and remembrance in America. The inauguration in Washington of Barack Hussein Obama for a second term as the 44th President of the United States of America coincides with MLK Day, the holiday of remembrance for American civil-rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated in Tennessee in 1968 because of his non-violent campaign to ensure freedom and equality for all American citizens. For the first time in the country's history, the invocation at the presidential inauguration will be delivered by a lay person and a woman, Myrlie Edgar-Williams, tireless civil-rights activist and widow of Medgar Evans, who was murdered in Mississippi in 1963 for championing school desegregation and voting rights for all American citizens. Full Text
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