» 08/22/2011, 00.00
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Bartholomew visits the ruins of Christian sites on the Black sea
The ecumenical patriarch celebrates the liturgy on Mount Sümela, which was a dynamic Christian community until 1923. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan delivers a message on freedom of thought and religion. Bartholomew calls for the return of properties seized from religious minorities.
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.
Representative of Moscow Patriarchate on pilgrimage with Bartholomew I
This was a first time. Every year, the Ecumenical Patriarch goes to Cappadocia, to those sites linked to many Church Fathers, which should “contribute to raising awareness about Christian unity.”
Bartholomew I: may Kirill's election foster common journey of Orthodox Churches
The Ecumenical Patriarchate now expects an acceleration in the common journey toward the long-awaited grand pan-Orthodox synod.
Charges against Bartholomew I for calling himself ecumenical patriarch
A desire to influence how Christian minorities will vote is behind the charges filed by a former member of the Bulgarian exarchate. It shows how secular fundamentalism uses Islam.
Patriarch Bartholomew sympathises with Gezi Park protests, remembers bishops abducted in Syria
For the Ecumenical Patriarch, the desire for democracy and justice is growing in Turkish society even though it creates "divisions and polarisation." He calls on the Turkish government to work for the release of the two abducted prelates from the Patriarchate of Antioch, and to keep its promise to reopen the Halki Theological School.
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