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Hurriyet Daily News reports 'Turkish gov't to return properties to minorities'
The Turkish government has signed a historic decree to return property taken away from minority foundations 75 years ago, a decision announced ahead of the prime minister’s Ramadan fast-breaking dinner Sunday with minority group representatives. Full Text
The Hill reports on 'Religious Freedom for Turkey?'
The recent resignation of Turkey’s military high command, along with reports that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will subordinate the military to civilian rule, could mark a new era for that nation. Sweeping constitutional changes, however, are still needed to ensure fundamental rights and avoid exchanging one form of repression for another. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'What is Bartholomew grateful for?'
What each person may be grateful for can vary quite significantly; of course, some factors might contribute to your sense of gratitude quite dramatically. Full Text
Secretary of State Clinton meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, calls for immediate opening of Halki Seminary
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Saturday, July 16 at the Phanar during her visit to Istanbul. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew warmly received Secretary Clinton who initiated a serious hour-long discussion on various issues, including the reopening of the Orthodox Theological School of Halki. Full Text
Hurriyet Daily News reports on 'Lost in whose translation?'
Saturday was a hectic day, as Istanbul hosted the 4th Meeting of the Contact Group on Libya in the confined surroundings of Çırağan Palace. Of course the big story was the presence of Hillary Clinton, her meetings with Turkey’s leadership and especially what she was going to say at the press conference with her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu. Full Text
Newsweek reports on 'Why Turkey's Prime Minister is Good for Christians'
As a teenager growing up in a tough Istanbul neighborhood, Recep Tayyip Erdogan studied to be an Islamic cleric. His dream, though, was to become a professional player on the local Kasimpasa football team. In the end, neither ambition worked out: he became Turkey’s prime minister instead. Full Text
Archon Behrakis becomes first recipient of ‘Bouras Stewardship Award’
The Order of Saint Andrew honored George D. Behrakis, Archon Depoutatos, on June 5 by bestowing upon him the “Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship.” Archon Behrakis became the first recipient of this prestigious award during a special tribute dinner dance attended by more than two-hundred people at the Metropolitan Club in New York. Full Text
Archons invited to join Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Youth Choir on pilgrimage, July 1-14
Join the Order of Saint Andrew and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Youth Choir for a special pilgrimage, July 1-14, 2011 to Constantinople, Larnaca, and Athens. The trip will be led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and is open to all Archons and their spouses. Full Text
NJ Archons to celebrate name day of His All-Holiness, conduct religious freedom symposium, June 11
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos, the New Jersey Archons will meet and celebrate the name day of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with an artoklasia service at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, Saturday, June 11. Following the name day service, a religious freedom symposium will commence with two distinguished speakers. Full Text
Texas legislators adopt resolutions supporting religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Two religious freedom resolutions have recently been adopted in the Texas legislature calling for Turkey to uphold and safeguard the religious freedom of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. These resolutions specifically call for the Turkish government to recognize the ecumenical status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to respect its rights to property and to ecclesiastic succession, and to grant it the right to train its clergy--including by opening the Theological Seminary at Halki. Full Text
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