CNN- Plane Shot Down Over Syria

CNN- Plane Shot Down Over Syria

  The Orthodox Christian Network features the important work of organizations that promote religious freedom, defend Christian Rights, and stand against Christian persecution. You have our resounding commitment to be a resource of compassion, a voice of help, and an active participant to helping all in need   In view...

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The Huffington Post reports on ‘Christian Leaders Gather in Turkey’

The Huffington Post reports on ‘Christian Leaders Gather in Turkey’

Christian Leaders Gather in Turkey by Vageli Sotiropoulos Deep in the heart of Turkey, in the historic city of Constantinople (Istanbul), high-ranking religious leaders gathered recently to examine and deliberate on a range of both spiritual and secular issues. The assembly in Taksim Square — where the imposing Republic Monument...

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60th Anniversary of the Tragic Persecution of Christians in Turkey

60th Anniversary of the Tragic Persecution of Christians in Turkey

Across the world, Christians are suffering for their faith, and we beseech you to remember the past and get involved.  Inspired by the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute founded by St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, Florida and the South Florida Archons, the Orthodox Christian Network features important news on...

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2015 USCIRF Report Identifies Worst Religious Freedom Violators; Identifies Turkey As “Serious” Violator

2015 USCIRF Report Identifies Worst Religious Freedom Violators; Identifies Turkey As “Serious” Violator

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced its 2015 recommendations to Congress, the White House, and the State Department. Key finding included that Turkish secularism historically has been particularly detrimental to the smallest religious minority communities and their ability to perpetuate their faiths. Per the 1982 constitution,...

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Gatestone Institute reports on ‘Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction’

Gatestone Institute reports on ‘Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction’

The Gatestone Institute recently reported on ‘Churches in Turkey on the Verge of Extinction’ by Uzay Bulut. The Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank is dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report in promoting: Institutions of Democracy and the...

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Turkey Presses Conversion of Hagia Sofia After Pope References Genocide

Turkey Presses Conversion of Hagia Sofia After Pope References Genocide

Turkish officials continue to deny or play down the facts about the Armenian Genocide of 1915. At a recent Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis used the word “genocide” to describe the mass killing of Ottoman Armenians by the Turks. Turkey is responding by...

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PBS Reports on Halki Seminary and Religious Freedom

PBS Reports on Halki Seminary and Religious Freedom

Once the world’s leading Eastern Orthodox seminary, Halki was closed by the Turkish government 43 years ago. The US and religious freedom activists want it reopened. But Turkish officials have long said that won’t happen until Greece improves conditions for Turkish minorities living there. Watch the PBS video above to...

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Historic Orthodox Church for Sale in Central Turkey

Historic Orthodox Church for Sale in Central Turkey

Thousands of Orthodox churches in Turkey have been confiscated, fallen into disrepair, or been destroyed. Now, one such church is up for sale. According to Protothema, A historic 18th century Orthodox Church in Kayseri — ancient Caesarea — was put up for sale by a local man, Ömer Sicimoğlu, who...

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This Week in Orthodoxy, January 9, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, January 9, 2014

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are the stories making headlines this week: * The Orthodox Church in Hong Kong gets a new deacon. * A leading Antiochian Orthodox theological...

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Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century

Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century

Turkey Gives Go-Ahead for First New Church in Century By Burak Akinci | AFP News  Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has authorised the building of the first church in the country in nearly a century, officials said Saturday. The church is for the tiny Syriac community in Turkey and will be built in the Istanbul...

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