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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.
"Together for the common home", Focolari meet with Patriarch Bartholomew
The meeting starts tomorrow in Halki, the monastery that one was the seat of the Greek Orthodox Theological School. The patriarch and Maria Voce will present the main reports, but bishops from various Churches are expected to address the gathering as well, including Card Kurt Koch, who is in Istanbul as the head of the Holy See delegation to the Patriarchate for the feast day of Saint Andrew.
Erdogan proposes a referendum on Gezi Park, but demands the end of Taksim Square rallies
Yesterday a meeting between the prime minister and some "non-representative" protesters. Last night a new rally in the square in Istanbul, but the police do not intervene. The European Union supports dialogue as "proof" of democracy.
In Turkey's complicated situation, Erdogan could lose everything
Recent demonstrations stem from a greater sense of freedom in the middle class created by the economic and political success of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. However, Turkish society could unravel as a result of his arrogance, if nothing is done to correct it. Standing guard for the West, Turkey is not a traditional Muslim nation, but a highly diversified society.
Burns assures Patriarch of US support for school of theology
The US vice minister expresses certainty that “there will be progress” from negotiations with Ankara, at the end of a meeting with Bartholomew I. Appreciation is also expressed for the Patriarchates contribution to peaceful coexistence and environmental protection.
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.
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