» 11/17/2007, 00.00
Halki’s Chapel of the Transfiguration left in ruins
Forest guards began demolition work on the chapel without warning, Only the immediate protest of the prior of Haliki and Metropolitan Meliton avoided its total destruction. A Church in Kadikoy, ancient Calcedonia is also targeted by vandals.
10/07/2008 TURKEY - EU
Court of Strasbourg recognises legal status of ecumenical patriarchate and condemns Turkey
The verdict condemns the Turkish state for improperly taking over the orphanage of Buyukada, on the Marmara Sea. In its ruling is also extremely important for religious minorities on Turkish soil.
Plot against the ecumenical Patriarch foiled
The Istanbul public attorney’s office is investigating a group of ex army officers who seem to have plotted to eliminate Bartholomew I as well as Mesrob of the Armenians. The Turkish Supreme Court ruling contesting the ecumenical title of the Patriarchate is discussed in Brussels and finds an unlikely ally in the Church of Moscow.
Despite Europe's request, Ankara continues to waver on Religious Freedom
The head of EU enlargement has said that the accession process of Turkey also depends on the Halki school, an institution for the formation of the clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, closed since 1971. The government remains silent, while the debate grows in the media. The real issue is the recognition of the status of the Patriarchate.
Bartholomew celebrates the rite of the blessing of the waters in the Golden Horn
A discreet but heavy police presence to avoid a repetition of provocation by the Grey Wolves. Greetings to AsiaNews and the announcement of a meeting with Benedict XVI in Rome, this March.
Ankara returns land confiscated from Halki Theological School
A large wooded area confiscated during the Second World War. It is the largest amount of land to be returned after the government's decision to restore property to non-Muslim foundations. The decision praised in the last article by Turkish journalist Mehmet Ali Birant, who died a few days ago. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I attended his funeral.
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