Patriarchate is all right. Crisis seems to have been resolved.

Patriarchate clarifies: ‘Crucifixion’ means sorrow, hardships

Today’s Zaman

A statement from the İstanbul-based Greek Orthodox Patriarchate said that Patriarch Bartholomew’s words on a CBS television program broadcast in the United

The Patriarch Speaks, Cont.

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The recent “60 Minutes” interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (take a look at the previous post), the Istanbul-based leader of the Orthodox Church, is creating quite a stir in Turkey. In the segment, which took a look at the difficulties faced by the Orthodox Church in Turkey, the Patriarch said that at times he and the Church have felt “crucified” by the Turkish state.

Bartholomew?s ?crucifixion? in Turkey

Statements from Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew in which he likened his treatment by the government of Turkey to crucifixion have sparked a discussion about Turkey?s attitude toward non-Muslims and their freedoms in the country.

Being crucified in Turkey

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew?s interview on US-based CBS? ?60 Minutes? aired the other day on the occasion of Christmas week despite being taped months ago and has created quite a stir.

A crucifixion


?Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up! Taking Joey Doyle?s life to stop him from testifying is a crucifixion. And dropping a sling on Kayo Dugan because he was ready to spill his guts tomorrow, that?s a crucifixion.

‘We cannot breathe, the Patriarchate is dying,’ says patriarch
Hurriyet Daily News
Greeks’ problems in Turkey, highlighted by the issue of the Halki seminary located on Heybeliada, one of Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands in Marmara Sea.

Bartholomew crucified, Erdoğan suffers from Hellish torture!(1)


Turkey is such a complex country. Its problems are so complex, so sophisticated and they all have historic roots. Turkey seems to have changed very quickly on the one hand, but if you focus on problematic areas you will see nothing is actually changing.

Why The Turkish Caesar Crucified The Ecumenical Patriarch

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew recently said on American TV that he feels “crucified” in Turkey. And many Turks got upset with him. His All Holiness is right, though, to complain about the Turkish Republic. The latter has kept the Halki Seminary, the only institution to train Orthodox priests in the country, closed since 1971. Even the title “ecumenical” is lashed out at by some Turkish authorities and their nationalist supporters. Every year, international reports on religious freedom point to such pressures on the Ecumenical Patriarchate with concern, and they are right to do so. But why does Turkey do all this? Why is it is so repressive?


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