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2011 Archon Weekend: Schedule of Events
The annual Archon Weekend and Assembly of the Order of Saint Andrew will be held October 14-16 at the Hilton Hotel in New York. Admiral James G. Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, on behalf of the heroic members of our Armed Forces, will be honored by the Order at the Archon Grand Banquet Saturday, October 15. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Investiture of new Archons by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios will take place at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity to conclude the weekends ceremonies on Sunday. Full Text
Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Day of the Protection of the Environment
God’s grace renders us worthy today to commence yet another ecclesiastical year, one more festive cycle, within whose blessed opportunities we are called to struggle spiritually in order better to evaluate the potential that we have been granted for growing “in the likeness” of God so that we also might become His saints. Full Text
Catholic News Service reports 'Nuncio praises Turkish decision to return some religious properties'
The Turkish prime minister's announcement that the government will return hundreds of properties confiscated from non-Muslim religious groups or compensate the groups for properties sold to third parties is "a historic decision," said the Vatican nuncio to Turkey. Full Text
Turkey to return confiscated property
Turkey's government is returning hundreds of properties confiscated from the country's Christian and Jewish minorities over the past 75 years in a gesture to religious groups who complain of discrimination that is also likely to thwart possible court rulings against the country. Full Text
Hurriyet Daily News reports 'Turkish gov't to return properties to minorities'
The Turkish government has signed a historic decree to return property taken away from minority foundations 75 years ago, a decision announced ahead of the prime minister’s Ramadan fast-breaking dinner Sunday with minority group representatives. Full Text
The Hill reports on 'Religious Freedom for Turkey?'
The recent resignation of Turkey’s military high command, along with reports that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will subordinate the military to civilian rule, could mark a new era for that nation. Sweeping constitutional changes, however, are still needed to ensure fundamental rights and avoid exchanging one form of repression for another. Full Text
Today's Zaman reports on 'What is Bartholomew grateful for?'
What each person may be grateful for can vary quite significantly; of course, some factors might contribute to your sense of gratitude quite dramatically. Full Text
Secretary of State Clinton meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, calls for immediate opening of Halki Seminary
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Saturday, July 16 at the Phanar during her visit to Istanbul. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew warmly received Secretary Clinton who initiated a serious hour-long discussion on various issues, including the reopening of the Orthodox Theological School of Halki. Full Text
Hurriyet Daily News reports on 'Lost in whose translation?'
Saturday was a hectic day, as Istanbul hosted the 4th Meeting of the Contact Group on Libya in the confined surroundings of Çırağan Palace. Of course the big story was the presence of Hillary Clinton, her meetings with Turkey’s leadership and especially what she was going to say at the press conference with her Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu. Full Text
Newsweek reports on 'Why Turkey's Prime Minister is Good for Christians'
As a teenager growing up in a tough Istanbul neighborhood, Recep Tayyip Erdogan studied to be an Islamic cleric. His dream, though, was to become a professional player on the local Kasimpasa football team. In the end, neither ambition worked out: he became Turkey’s prime minister instead. Full Text
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