Observance for the Pogrom of Constantinople

Observance for the Pogrom of Constantinople

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In Observance of the 60th Anniversary of the tragic persecution of Christians in TurkeyArchbishop Demetrios reminds us:

“This month is the sixtieth anniversary of the riots in Constantinople in 1955 which resulted in the damage, destruction, and looting of thousands of Greek businesses and homes and scores of churches, monasteries and schools. People were killed or injured, cemeteries were desecrated, and crosses were vandalized. Almost every Greek Orthodox Church property was targeted, including the Patriarchal cemetery and Balukli, where sepulchers and vaults were violated. This orchestrated act of violence and terrorism caused great injury to the Greek people in Constantinople and surrounding areas, and resulted in tens of thousands of Greeks leaving Turkey.” Read the Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Commemoration of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

The Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans (EFC) is preparing a documentary film by the world famous Constantinopolitan producer Mr. Georges Moutevellis, exposing the totally unprovoked violence incurred on the Constantinopolitans on the night of 6-7 September 1955 in Constantinople.

As this is the 60th anniversary of the Constantinopolitan ‘Night of Crystals’ (Kristallnacht: the night during which severe violence was enforced by the Nazis against their otherwise fellow citizens, the Jewish people) where a number of our fellow humans perished, we would like this documentary to remain a true and accurate account of what happened and it will remain an unforgettable testimony for the future Constantinopolitan generations, lest they forget.

Join Our Crowd Funding Campaign

We therefore ask for your wholehearted support of our efforts to produce and publicise this documentary, with your generous contribution via our crowdfunding campaign at

http://www.giveandfund.com/giveandfund/project/372qek1ph3

7 STEPS: HOW YOU CAN HELP IN DEFENSE OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

The co-chairs of the Christian Rights and Freedom Ministry (Dr. Harry Dimopoulos, Archon Harry Demas and Richard Pappas) and Father Philemon Patitsas of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church (Naples, FL) invite your questions and involvement. The following 7 steps can assist you in ‘Uplifting Christ and Witnessing for Our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism.’

  1. PRESERVE OUR CHRISTIAN IDENTITY

  • Align our minds and hearts with God’s calling. See Christ in others.
  • Glorify God daily; PRAY, fast and give alms.
  • Identify empathetically with the plight of persecuted Christians of the world.
  1. Organize Ourselves for Success

  • Establish Christian Rights and Freedom ministries in communities throughout America. Do you belong to one?
  • Organize local events and initiatives to educate, advocate, defend, and counteract the antagonists of our faith.
  1. EDUCATE OURSELVES AND OTHERS

  • ’Know Ourselves’ – Study our history, faith, and culture.
  • Develop clear policy positions so the public knows where we stand.
  • Expose misinformation to the light of truth.
  1. DIALOGUE WITH THE PUBLIC

  • Network with people concerned about the rise of Islamofascism.
  • Boycott producers of products that may be underwriting radical extremism and terrorism, such as oil produced by certain member states.
  • Advocate for energy self-sufficiency for America, and alternative energy sourcing options.
  • Advocate withholding foreign aid and military assistance to countries that are not aligned with our national interests.
  1. STAND UP FOR OURSELVES

  • Establish “Anti-Defamation Teams’ to challenge offensive remarks.
  • Petition officials who have the ability to influence public policy.
  • Advocate for economic sanctions; exercise our freedom of assembly.
  1. INVEST IN THE CAUSE

  • Donate to organizations that help the oppressed and promote the preservation of Western culture and values.
  • Fund infrastructure and activities that advance the cause of Christian Rights and Freedom.
  1. PURCHASE A ‘I TOO AM A NAZARENE’ PIN 

  • Purchase a ‘I Too Am a Nazarene’ pin to benefit persecuted Christians and refugees in the Middle East Conflict. The Arabic letter “N” has been painted by ISIS/ISIL to target the homes of Christians for expulsion and obliteration. The symbol “N” stands for ‘Nazarene’ signifying that its residents are followers of Jesus of Nazareth. Pins are on sale through the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox church’s website. Pins are one inch square, and sell for $5 each, plus shipping and handling, shipping is waived for orders over 50 pins.

To order pins, please contact ChristianRelief7100@gmail.com or visit http://stkatherine.net

All proceeds from pin sales will be directed to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Middle East Fund to aid these suffering people. IOCC has had a continual presence in that part of the world almost since its inception in 1992, and was chosen as the recipient because of its effectiveness in providing relief to the suffering people of the Middle East.

All churches and concerned organizations are encouraged to participate. For further information please contact ChristianRelief7100@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE ANNUAL NATIONAL CHRISTIAN RIGHTS AND FREEDOM SYMPOSIUM 

On Saturday, March 14, 2015, St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, Florida and the South Florida Archons hosted their first annual National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium – ‘Uplifting Christ and Witnessing for our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism.’

The Second Annual National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium will be held on March 12, 2016 featuring Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) as the Keynote Speaker.

To watch video highlights of the First Annual National Christian Rights and Freedom Symposium, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnDiwtAs52o.

To learn more about the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute, visit http://stkatherine.net.

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Harry Dimopoulos

Harry Dimopoulos is Chairman of the Christian Rights and Freedom Ministry at St. Katherine Greek orthodox Church in Naples, Florida.