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For Bartholomew, the "persecution of the Christians" has not ceased, and "the Church of Christ will never cease to generate martyrs"
The Ecumenical Patriarch is in Milan to celebrate 1,700 years since the Edict of Constantine, when "for the first time, religious freedom was enshrined into law." Today however, in many places, Christians are seen as enemies of society and the state. Equally, the Christian faith is not tolerated in many countries.
23/06/2016 13:05:00 TURKEY
Ramadan, the battle for prayer in St. Sophia a sign of Turkey’s Islamisation
In the month of fasting and prayer every day a Muslim imam reads passages from the Koran in the gardens of the former church, now a museum. Heeding the demands of the lunatic fringe, the government wants to turn the building into a mosque. The clash with the Greek government and the strategic relations between Ankara and Athens on immigration.
30/05/2016 09:36:00 TURKEY
Muslims in front of the St. Sophia "mosque" for the conquest of Constantinople and the neo-Ottoman glory of Erdogan
Prayer in front of the basilica, now a museum, led by a Saudi imam from Mecca. An attempt to collect petition with millions of signatures to force the government to re-open it as a mosque. The celebrations of the conquest of Constantinople began in the 1950s with Adnan Menderes, who was deposed in the 1960s and hanged. Erdogan restored the festival in memory of the conquest to realize his neo-Ottoman dream.
29/11/2006 VATICAN TURKEY
Benedict XVI meets Bartholomew I, together for full unity
The visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate is the main reason for the Pope's trip to Turkey on the Feast Day of Saint Andrew. A joint statement is expected tomorrow. Istanbul is under tight security.
18/07/2016 15:14:00 RUSSIA – ORTHODOX
Russian Orthodox Church officially rejects the Council of Crete as a Pan-Orthodox
The Synod rejects meeting’s Pan-Orthodox status, but recognises it as "important event". The Patriarchate of Antioch distances itself making it clear it that it does not consider the documents approved at the Council as binding.
07/01/2011 TURKEY - ORTHODOX
Istanbul, historic visit of Turkish Deputy PM to Bartholomew I
It 's the first time a government official has been to the Fanar since 1952, when Prime Minister Menderes met Patriarch Athenagoras. There was some discussion of education for religious minorities and the issue of church property.
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