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CNN Belief Blog reports on 'Turkey reaches out to Greek Christian minority'
Within the last 15 days, several Greek Orthodox bishops have crossed oceans and continents to travel to a police station in Istanbul where they picked up an unexpected gift: Turkish passports. Full Text
Bartholomew, Muslims in Greece, defending human rights
There is a small photo accompanying a news story on His All Holiness Bartholomew as he stands between two Muslim clerics who appear in their religious clothes. According to this news piece, this photo, in which Bartholomew posed with two muftis chosen by the Muslims of Western Thrace, sparked a chain reaction in Greece. Full Text
Renowned human rights advocates, scholars, diplomats, and parliamentarians focus on Turkey’s religious freedom concerns at International Archon conference in Brussels
An historic international religious freedom conference held at the European Parliament, November 16-17, focused on common issues of minorities living in Turkey. The Conference proposed solutions in the hopes that Turkey will ultimately do what is in its own best interest in order to gain accession to the European Union by dramatically improving its religious freedom policies towards the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other religious minorities. Full Text
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
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