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TURKEY - ORTHODOX
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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.
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.
18/12/2008 TURKEY - RUSSIA
Bartholomew I: Turkish bureaucracy is trying to make us disappear
The Turkish foreign ministry and the state bureaucracy are trying to diminish the importance of the patriarchate for all of Orthodoxy. The shortcomings and errors of the report on minorities in Turkey. Putin hopes to visit Bartholomew.
A "satisfied" Bartholomew I hopes for the reopening of the Halki School
For the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, the return of properties seized by the Turkish government is an act of justice and reparation for the illegal acts of the past. He has asked for further steps and Erdogan replied to him: This is just the beginning. Imminent reopening of the Theological School of Halki, closed by Ankara in 1971.
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.
19/05/2008 TURKEY - ORTHODOX
Bartholomew I on science and protection of the environment
The "green patriarch" - as he is nicknamed - has received the Woodrow Wilson prize for his work on behalf of environmentalism and human rights. Faith and science must not exclude each other. Concern over technology without any moral boundaries.
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