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Archon Tribute Dinner honors Ambassador Kaskarelis of Greece
His Excellency Vassilis Kaskarelis, Ambassador of Greece to the United States was honored for his extraordinary support of religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate by the Order of Saint Andrew. The event was held on Thursday, February 17, 2011, at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and hosted by National Vice Commander Nicholas J. Bouras. Full Text
Cornell University Law School reports on 'Professor Ndulo speaks on Turkey, religious freedom, and the European Union'
Orthodox Christianity has been tied to Constantinople for thousands of years. But now that Turkey is predominantly Muslim, that church, as well as other minority religions, has suffered from persecutions that range from governmental inaction to actual violence. Full Text
Archon Lenten Retreat, March 25-26, to focus on 'An Ancient Faith for a Modern World: Lessons on the Spiritual Disciplines of Great Lent'
It is with great joy and anticipation that we invite you and your families to attend the Eighth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on March 25 and 26. In continuing to foster greater connection with our sister Orthodox churches under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, this year's Lenten retreat will be at the headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States located in Somerset, New Jersey. Full Text
Father Chryssavgis to lead Archon Lenten Retreat, March 25-26
It is with great joy and anticipation that we invite all Archons and their families to attend the Eighth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on March 25 and 26. This year's Lenten Retreat will be led by Father John Chryssavgis who will focus on "An Ancient Faith for a Modern World: Lessons on the spiritual disciplines of Great Lent." Full Text
Kairos Journal reports on 'Increasing Challenges for Christians in Modern Turkey'
Turkey has been a secular republic for almost a century. Nevertheless, the country is being pulled in opposite directions by powerful forces. On one side are secularizing pressures, which have led many in Turkey to look increasingly westward toward Europe. Full Text
Forum 18 News Service reports on 'Turkey: The fundamental problem and how it might be solved'
It is becoming increasingly clear that Turkey should allow full legal status for religious and belief communities of all kinds – including atheists and agnostics. But it is also becoming clear that the issue cannot be addressed indirectly, as a by-product of addressing other problems. Full Text
USA Today reports on 'Who will defend Mideast Christians?'
Perhaps the situation in Egypt will resolve itself peacefully. Or perhaps we'll see a long stretch of public unrest before the nation finally stumbles its way into a new form of stable government. But there's one easy prediction to make: Whatever happens, Egypt's Coptic Christians are going to be hurt, unless the United States makes a major diplomatic effort to help them. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Hammarberg concerned about freedom of religion in Turkey'
A Council of Europe commissioner has said that although positive steps have been undertaken to allow religious minorities to freely practice their faith in Turkey, a number of outstanding issues remain which require the attention of the Turkish authorities. Full Text
Nov-Dec-Jan 2011 issue of 'The Archon' newsletter now available online
The Nov-Dec-Jan 2011 issue of The Archon newsletter is now available at archons.org/newsletter. This bi-monthly publication is the official newsletter of The Order of Saint Andrew and covers important information on the fight for religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'Gov't seeking delicate balance in regards to patriarch's rights'
Voicing determination to expand the rights and freedoms of non-Muslim communities in Turkey, including Orthodox Christians, a senior Cabinet minister has made it clear that such willingness does not mean Ankara recognizes the legal personality of the İstanbul-based Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Full Text
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