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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TODAY’S ZAMAN: Who is the pope, who is the ecumenical patriarch?

TODAY’S ZAMAN: Who is the pope, who is the ecumenical patriarch?

Turkey — Why is the Pope treated with admiration while the Ecumenical Patriarch is not? TODAY’S ZAMAN: Who is the pope, who is the ecumenical patriarch? If you do not know Turkey, you may get the impression that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government have huge admiration for the...

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Greek Reporter: Archbishop of America Demetrios Visits Turkish-Occupied Karpasia in Cyprus

Greek Reporter: Archbishop of America Demetrios Visits Turkish-Occupied Karpasia in Cyprus

Archbishop of America Demetrios visited the few remaining Greek Cypriots in the villages Agia Triada Yialousas and Rizokarpaso and the Apostle Andreas monastery in the Turkish-occupied Karpasia, northeast Cyprus. The archbishop also visited occupied Famagusta and particularly the grave of Apostle Varnavas, patron saint of the Church of Cyprus. This...

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Greek Reporter: Turkish TV Producers Blow Up Greek Orthodox Church

Greek Reporter: Turkish TV Producers Blow Up Greek Orthodox Church

Cappadocia, Turkey, has always been a favorite filming backdrop for Turkish television producers. There are many old mansions in the area that were inhabited by Greeks in the past. Many abandoned residences have been damaged or destroyed serving the purposes of TV series. However, blowing up an Orthodox church, namely...

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World Responses to Persecution of Christians

World Responses to Persecution of Christians

Hello, I’m Emmy Louvaris with “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. These are the stories making headlines this week: The United Nations’ Human Rights Council will hold a special session on September 1st to discuss the...

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World Bulletin: Turkey’s Erdogan says Greek Orthodox school may reopen

World Bulletin: Turkey’s Erdogan says Greek Orthodox school may reopen

(World Bulletin / News Desk) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the Halki seminary could be opened, but simultaneous steps should be taken by the Greek side to improve the religious affairs of the Muslim community in Western Thrace. Established in 1844 on the island of Heybeliada in...

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BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

BBC: Turkey’s Religious Ghost Town

By Elizabeth Warkentin Few independent tourists make their way to Kayakoy, a ghost town just 5km west of the tattoo parlours, British pubs and dance clubs of Hisaronu, a raucous tourist resort on Turkey’s southwest coast. The abandoned village’s air of mystery – and off-the-beaten-path feel – is precisely what...

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Greek Reporter: Ecumenical Patriarch’s Fifth Visit to Sumela Monastery

Greek Reporter: Ecumenical Patriarch’s Fifth Visit to Sumela Monastery

by Ioanna Zikakou Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Sumela Monastery in Turkey for the fifth consecutive year and officiated the Divine Liturgy held in the historic monastery. Hundreds of worshipers attended the liturgy for the Dormition of Virgin Mary in an atmosphere of piety and emotion. People arrived in Trabzon by...

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Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary

Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary

Editor’s note: Part of a blog post by Hannah Gais at the Foreign Policy Association In an annual report released by the Department of State this week, the Obama administration has yet again pressed Turkey to live up to its commitment as a democracy to ensure religious freedom, citing the need to reopen an Eastern...

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The Guardian: Cyprus divided: 40 years on, a family recalls how the island was torn apart

The Guardian: Cyprus divided: 40 years on, a family recalls how the island was torn apart

On the outskirts of a mountain village in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Lakis Zavallis, 72 in September, is scrambling about a rocky roadside hillside looking for an imitation-leather grip he had first used when he was a law student in London in the early 60s. Some 40 years ago he was...

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