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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
New Europe newspaper publishes special edition focusing on religious freedom
In conjunction with the International Archon Religious Freedom Conference at the European Parliament held in Brussels, Belgium, the New Europe newspaper published an insert regarding religious freedom as a fundamental principle for human life. Full Text
Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate commend Egemen Bağiş for efforts to improve human rights and religious freedom in Turkey
The Order of Saint Andrew, and the Order of Pammakaristos, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Americas and Europe, bestowed a plaque on His Excellency, Egemen Bağiş, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Turkey, commending him for his efforts on behalf of religious minorities in Turkey. Full Text
International Archon Conference to focus on, "Religious Freedom: Turkey's Bridge to the European Union"
The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, will hold an International Religious Freedom Conference entitled "Religious Freedom: Turkey's Bridge to the European Union," on November 16-17, 2010 at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Full Text
Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to honor Egemen Bağiş for Religious Freedom
On Tuesday November 16, 2010, the Order of Saint Andrew, and the Order of Pammakaristos, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Americas and Europe, will honor His Excellency, Egemen Bağiş, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Turkey, for his extraordinary labors on behalf of religious minorities in Turkey and for creating bridges of understanding between diverse cultures and civilizations. Full Text
Forum 18 News Service reports on 'Turkey: Syrian Orthodox land - All people are equal, but some are less equal than others?'
Turkey's Mor Gabriel Syrian Orthodox Monastery in the Midyat (Tur Abdin) district faces five separate lawsuits contesting its right to its own property. Some of these cases are being brought by the government, and the state's actions suggest it wishes that the Monastery no longer existed. Full Text
79 Christian Graves desecrated in Imvros; Turkish Foreign Ministry quick to "strongly condemn"
On October 28, 2010, seventy-eight (78) Christian graves were brutally desecrated in the graveyard of Panagia (Merkez or Imroz), the capital of the island of Imvros (Gokceada), in Turkey. Imvros is home to approximately 200 Greek Orthodox Christians and the birthplace of both His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the late Archbishop Iakovos of America. Full Text
AsiaNews reports on 'Government set to handover Buyukada orphanage to Patriarchate of Constantinople.'
For the first time in the history of the Republic of Turkey, the state is set to return property seized after the Act of 1936 to religious foundation. News of the decision of the Directorate of Religious Foundations leaked by Haberturk, following a ruling by the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Full Text
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