Archons hold meetings with Obama Administration and Congress regarding Hagia Sophia and religious minorities in Turkey

A delegation from the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle has returned from its trip to Washington, D.C., to brief the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders on the situation in Turkey regarding religious minorities.

The meetings held last week occurred before the recent political turmoil in Turkey, but nevertheless highlight important issues that religious minorities continue to face in that country.

Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew said, “We are gratified that democratic rule has been reaffirmed in Turkey. With that, we also reaffirm the need for respect for the rights and existence of religious minorities in Turkey.”

National Commander Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis with House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel.

The delegation met with Dr. Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President. Meetings were also held with House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), as well as senior policy advisors for Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.)

Conversations centered on the recent Muslim prayer readings held at the Museum of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the creeping Islamization of Hagia Sophia and other Christian cultural sites in Turkey.

His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, had earlier expressed “respect” for Islam, but also called for the same courtesy to be paid to “places of worship of our forefathers” in making reference to the Koran prayer readings transmitted live from Hagia Sophia every night of Ramadan, which ended earlier this month.

The Archon delegation to Washington included Dr. Limberakis; the Honorable B. Theodore Bozonelis, National Secretary of the Order of St. Andrew; Archons Andrew Manatos, Mike Manatos and John Metaxas and the Order’s spiritual advisor, the Rev. Alexander Karloutsos.

The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle is made up of Orthodox Christians who have been appointed as Archons, an ancient title dating back to the early Christian Church. The Archons dedicate themselves to the defense and preservation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in the face of persecution, to the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition, to the well-being of the Christian Church and the inalienable rights of the human race wherever they may be violated. The Archons are under the spiritual direction of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Washington, D.C.
7/18/2016

View photos of the Archon meetings. 

HISTORY OF THE ARCHONS

The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was organized on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 10, 1966 when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos conferred upon thirty outstanding laymen of the Church the various Offikion or Offices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory. They were honored because of their love, loyalty and support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and their contribution to its advancement and welfare.

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