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Christian graves vandalised on the island of Imvros
The island, birthplace of the Ecumenical Patriarch, although inhabited almost exclusively by the Orthodox population, was handed to Turkey in 1923, which did not comply with the rules imposed by the Treaty of Lausanne. Bartholomew: vandalism is due to the "usual known-unknown suspects." It seeks to undermine the government new openings.
Divided in Ravenna, Russian and Estonian Orthodox to talk
Bartholomew I is promoting a meeting between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Church of Estonia. Last October the Russians quit the Ravenna meeting because of the presence of Estonian representatives. In concluding the prayer for Christian unity, the ecumenical patriarch expressed his desire to see the process of unification speed up, stressing how ‘historical’ was the joint declaration made by Catholics and Orthodox in Ravenna. He also talks about spreading the Gospel in Hong Kong.
Progress in dialogue with Catholics, says Ecumenical Patriarchate
Metropolitan Ioannis, co-chairman of the joint commission, talks to AsiaNews about the importance of the discussion with regard to the Pope’s role in the Church. The row caused by the Moscow Patriarchate is an “expression of authoritarianism” so that the Russians are isolated once again.
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.
Turkish government hands over Buyukada orphanage to Orthodox
The hand over of the deeds of ownership of the building, located on Princes’ Islands, to the Patriarch, could happen today. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in June 2010 that the orphanage was to be returned. Tomorrow the Patriarchate celebrates the feast of St. Andrew, attended by a Vatican delegation.
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.
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