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Armenian community of Turkey appeals to elect its patriarch
Turkey’s Armenian community has collected approximately 5,000 signatures in order to have the right to elect its patriarch following the appointment of a patriarchal vicar general as the current patriarch is permanently ill. Full Text
Ecumenical Patriarchate gears up to ask Ankara for return of more properties
As the return of the Büyükada Orphanage to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate was completed this week, the patriarchate's attorneys have begun a similar process for the return of other buildings that belong to foundations of Turkey's Greek minority. Full Text
Theodore Cardinal McCarrick honored with Athenagoras Award; Forty-Two new Archons invested
His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, PhD, D.D., became the twenty-fifth recipient of the Athenagoras Human Rights Award for his leadership in interfaith understanding, the pursuit of peace and reconciliation, and his constant support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Cardinal McCarrick is the former Archbishop of Newark and the Archbishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Full Text
Great blessings from Saint Andrew: A message from the National Commander
On this, the Patronal Feastday of the Apostolic See of St. Andrew, we offer Thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the worldwide spiritual leadership of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the 270th successor of St. Andrew the First Called Apostle, for the guidance of our spiritual father in America and Exarch Archbishop Demetrios, for the support of the venerable Metropolitans of the Eparchial Synod and for the wholehearted devotion of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Holy and Great Mother Church of Constantinople. Full Text
U.S. Department of State releases findings on Turkey in Annual Religious Freedom Report
The US State Department released its Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, a comprehensive review of the status of religious freedom in countries and territories around the world. Full Text
New Europe newspaper reports on 'Issues and concerns of religious minorities in Turkey'
When we speak of religious minorities, we are referring to religious groups that distinguish themselves from the majority when it comes to the foundations of their religious belief and whose membership is smaller than that of the largest corresponding population group. Full Text
New Europe newspaper reports on 'EU membership and religious freedoms in Turkey'
Freedom of religion is considered to be a fundamental human right. It is also something that the EU places great importance on and therefore those countries that are looking to join the Club need to meet EU standards on this. Full Text
Turkey complies with court order and returns confiscated orphanage to Ecumenical Patriarchate
Turkey complied with a European Court of Human Rights ruling on Monday and returned a 19th-century orphanage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, the center of Orthodox Christianity around the world. Full Text
Regional Archons encouraged to attend prayer service at Ground Zero, Dec 5, eve of feast day of St. Nicholas, led by Archbishop Demetrios of America
On Sunday, December 5th, at 2:00 PM, on the eve of the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, Archbishop Demetrios will lead a special prayer service at Ground Zero (Liberty and Greenwich Streets). On this solemn day, we will join the parishioners of St. Nicholas, not simply in observing the Feast Day of the Wonderworking Saint and the Name Day of the church, but we will intensify our prayers and supplications that the church dedicated to him, the only house of worship destroyed on 9/11, be re-built at Ground Zero, and soon! Full Text
Hurriyet Daily News reports on 'The Patriarchate is ecumenical'
What brought me to the European capital this time is an international conference organized by the Archons. Never heard of the Archons before? I, at least, had not heard about them until a few months ago, when they invited me to speak at the "Religious Freedom: Turkey's Bridge to the European Union" conference, which was held this week right at the European Parliament. Full Text
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