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The Chicago Tribune reports on 'With faith and hope, Turkey builds a new identity'
The kind and gracious man has many visitors waiting and piles of paperwork on his desk that require his attention, as his is a working office and ministering to millions across the world takes up so much of his time. Full Text
2012 Patriarchal Encyclical for Pascha of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
If Christ’s Resurrection referred to Himself, then its significance for us would be negligible. The Church proclaims, however, that, the Lord did not arise alone. Together with Himself, He also resurrected all people. This is how our predecessor, St. John Chrysostom, proclaims this great truth in thunderous language: “Christ is risen, and none are left dead in the grave; for in being raised from the dead, he became the first-fruits of all who were asleep.” Full Text
Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of Holy Pascha 2012
As we gather to celebrate this great Feasts of Feasts, and together we experience the supreme joy of Holy Pascha, we offer our praise to God for His abundant grace and for the triumph of our Savior Jesus Christ over the power of sin and death. Full Text
Department of Religious Education Director and Archon National Commander to be speakers at Greater Philadelphia Symposium, April 21
With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Philadelphia region will be hosting its fourth annual symposium entitled, "Paschal Iconography: Pascha to Pentecost, Visions of Renewed Faith and Renewed Life" and "The Ecumenical Patriarchate: The Quest for Religious Freedom." The symposium will be held at Saint Sophia, Ss Faith Hope and Agape Greek Orthodox Church in Jeffersonville, PA, April 21, 2012. Full Text
National Commander calls on Archons to urge President Obama to continue call for Halki reopening
As you may know, President Barack Obama on March 25 in Seoul, Korea stated the following in the presence of Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: “I congratulated the Prime Minister on the efforts that he's made within Turkey to protect religious minorities. I am pleased to hear of his decision to reopen the Halki Seminary.” Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Will the Halki Theological School be opened?'
I divide Turkey’s minority policies in the republican period into two parts. The first part, which started in 1923 with the founding of the Turkish Republic, ended in 2002 when the current government came to power and a fait accompli strategy was vigorously applied. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Reopening of Greek Orthodox Seminary back on agenda'
Turkey has decided to reopen a former Greek Orthodox seminary on an island off the coast of İstanbul, according to a statement made by US President Barack Obama. Full Text
Archon Lenten Retreat with Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, March 30-31
As a reminder, the Archons will host be holding their ninth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat, March 30-31 in Somerset, NJ. His Grace Bishop Sevasianos of Zela will be the retreat master and focus on the theme, "Homecoming." If you have not already registered, please see the announcement below with additional detailed instructions and program. Full Text
Religion News Service reports on 'Turkey, key U.S. ally, cited for religious freedom woes'
Turkey stands as a new and controversial addition to an annual list of the worst offenders of religious freedom released Tuesday (March 20) by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Full Text
2012 USCIRF report identifies worst religious freedom violators; For the First Time, Moves Turkey from ‘Watch List’ to ‘Country of Particular Concern’
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced its 2012 recommendations to Congress, the White House, and the State Department. These recommendations included naming Turkey as one of the most serious offenders of freedom of religion towards non-Muslim communities and listed it as a “country of particular concern” for the first time ever. Full Text
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