» 12/22/2009, 00.00
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Ecumenical Patriarch “crucified”
A statement by Bartholomew about the difficulties Turkish authorities create for the Christian Orthodox community provokes an irate response from Turkey’s foreign minister. Turkey continues to subordinate the reopening of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Halki to the opening of a mosque in Athens, Greece.
Europe is asking Ankara to recognize the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other religious minorities
A ruling of the European Commission for Democracy says in fact that the title "ecumenical" Patriarchate of Constantinople is universally recognized and it does not understand the insistence of Turkish authorities in denying a historically established fact. Europe’s warning useful to Erdogan's in his battle to reform the constitution.
The court had no jurisdiction to deny the patriarchate its ecumenical status, says Bartholomew
A group of Turkish extremists try to prevent non-Turkish members of the sacred Synod from entering the Phanar. The patriarch talks about the difficult situation Christians face in the country. He remembers the murder of Father Santoro, journalist Hrant and three Protestant men in Malatya. He remembers his predecessor, Athenagoras, and the latter’s meeting with Pope Paul VI.
Christians should take the good from secularised world without identifying with it, says Bartholomew
In opening the Second Orthodox Youth Conference, the Ecumenical Patriarch says that being Christians in this world means obeying all that is not contrary to God’s will, like fish which are “not made of salt in spite of the fact that they live and swim in the salt-filled sea.”
Christian tombs desecrated in an historic Istanbul cemetery
About 90 tombstones are broken. Incidents of this nature are not rate in the city but the local press failed to report it. Only recently and through a movie, have young Turks begun to learn about past anti-Christian pogroms. Ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew visits the cemetery in question.
Ankara cancels Istanbul visit by archbishop of Cyprus
It is the second time in four months the visit is cancelled. Chrysostomos and the ecumenical patriarch were set to meet in May for strictly religious purposes. Religious minorities are concerned. Archbishop of Cyprus says: “Ankara has shown its real face.”
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