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Al-Monitor reports on 'Patriarch Asks Turkey to End Stalemate Over Shuttered Seminary'
Clad in ceremonial attire complete with a jeweled crown and the patriarchal crozier in one hand, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stood, Aug. 15, on the terrace of the Sumela Monastery and prayed. His face was damp with sweat and his silk white robe with powder-blue patterns of the cross shimmered under the noon sun. Full Text
Al-Monitor reports on 'Turkey's Secret 'Ancestry Codes' Track Non-Muslim Minorities'
It all started when a mother in Istanbul tried to enroll her child at an Armenian school. Like so many other Armenians who wanted to save themselves from the 1915 massacre, this woman's family had converted to Islam. Now she wanted to assume the identity of her ancestors. She underwent baptism, and her identity card was changed to show she is a Christian. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Non-muslim groups expect government to act after coding scandal'
An official response to a query accidentally revealed that the Turkish state has been numbering its non-Muslim citizens, but not a single government official has made a statement concerning the issue. Full Text
Spring 2013 issue of The Archon Newsletter available online
The Spring 2013 issue of The Archon newsletter is now available at archons.org/newsletter. This publication is the official newsletter of The Order of Saint Andrew and covers important developments regarding the religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and related news, important updates on the various initiatives of the Order including domestic and international activities, among other newsworthy items. Full Text
Orthodox patriarch calls for reopening of Istanbul's Halki Seminary, reports the Hurriyet Daily News
Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew repeated his call to the Turkish government for the reopening of the Heybeliada Halki Seminary, saying that the religion was entering a dangerous phase due to a lack of proper religious officials. Full Text
Human Rights Watch reports on 'Turkey: End Incorrect, Unlawful Use of Teargas'
Police fired teargas canisters directly at protesters during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, turning them into dangerous projectiles that caused serious injuries, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has documented 10 cases in which people were seriously injured, including loss of an eye, when police fired teargas canisters directly at them, often at close range. Full Text
The 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom to be held in Berlin, Dec 4-5, 2013
This year, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate invite you to participate in their Second International Religious Freedom Conference: "Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey" – which will take place in Berlin, Germany, December 4 and 5, 2013. Full Text
The Hope: An End To The Religious Freedom Chasm In Turkey, by Archon Dr. Cary J. Limberakis
Guest blogger, Cary J. Limberakis, D.M.D., is the husband of Philoptochos National Board member Alexis D. Limberakis who recently returned from the Philoptochos pilgrimage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. They have witnessed first hand the disposition of the Theological School of Halki during their visits there. Dr. Limberakis is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle and Regional Commander of the Philadelphia region. Full Text
Religious Freedom Mission to Germany and Turkey: An update from the National Commander
On behalf of the Order of Saint Andrew, I express deep appreciation to the members of the Religious Freedom Mission Team who just returned from Berlin, Germany and Constantinople having left last Saturday and returned two day ago with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. Full Text
Anti-Defamation League concerned for the safety of religious minorities in the Middle East
In response to the kidnappings of two Orthodox Christian Syrian bishops during a joint humanitarian mission near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo earlier this year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is urging all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of religious minorities in the Middle East. Full Text
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