Villagers in Turkey Urge Renovations for Armenian Church Used as Barn

The Armenian church in the village of Korlu, Çatak district, 18 miles from Van. (Photo: DHA)

Hurriyet Daily News - 16/3/14 VAN (Hurriyet Daily News)—An historical structure in the western Armenian province of Van, in modern day Turkey, which once was an Armenian church, has been converted into a hayloft after serving as a school for some time. Villagers fill the former church in the Korlu village of the Çatak district, 18 miles from ...

Dialogue and peace – the speech by Patriarch Bartholomew at the 17th Eurasian Economic Summit

Patriarch Bartholomew ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 9/2/14 It is once again an honor to address the Eurasian Economic Summit, which is organized each year by the esteemed Marmara Group and is today considering the topic of “Culture and Ecological Dialogue.” Centuries ago, a Christian mystic declared: “Acquire inward peace, and thousands around you will find their peace.” ...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to be honored by Boğaziçi University, Dec. 19

Istanbul, Turkey 12/13/2013 The Hurriyet Daily News recently reported that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will receive an honorary doctorate by Istanbul's Boğaziçi University (formerly Robert College) on Decmeber 19 for his efforts on environmentalism. This is the first time any Turkish university is bestowing such an honor.  The Award comes on the occasion of Boğaziçi ...

Turkey’s EU Minister Bağış hosts minority leaders

EU Minister Bağış (2 L) is seen with Sait Susin, the President of the Meryem Ana Church Foundation (L), Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew (2 R), U.S. Greek Church Archbishop Dimitrios (C) and Istanbul Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Yusuf Çetin (R). DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah Gürel

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News - 30/11/13 Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr EU Minister Egemen Bağış hosts religious leaders of minorities at a dinner in Istanbul prasing the relations between the leaders and the state. Bağış also says problmes will be solved ‘together’ Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış hosted religious leaders and prominent figures from minority communities at a dinner ...

Syriacs to regain Mor Gabriel’s land, no move on Halki Seminary in ‘democratization package’

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News - 2/10/13 The land of the historic Mor Gabriel Monastery will be returned to the Syriac community in Turkey as part of the “democratization package” announced by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today, while the package fell short of meeting the expectations that the Halki Seminary could be reopened. “The land ...

Diyarbakır church to display Armenian legacy

DİYARBAKIR - Anadolu Agency – September 2013 One of Diyarbakır’s most famous churches, the Armenian church of Surp Giragos, is set to become a city museum hosting artwork and artifacts depicting the Armenian history in the city. Earlier, the Hürriyet Daily News reported that Diyarbakır Metropolitan Mayor Osman Baydemir and Surp Giragos Armenian Foundation President Ergün Ayık ...

Istanbul’s Hagia Elia Church to reopen next month

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr 27/7/13 The Hagia Elia Church, which belongs to Turkey’s White Russians, is set to be reopened Aug. 2, with a ceremony led by Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew. Liturgy  in the Hagia Elia Church located in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood will be held for the first time since 1972 and will be conducted by ...

Small Island

Helena Drysdale – 15/6/13 As anti-Islamist violence erupted across Turkey, another threat to the ambitions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the rising tension between Christians and majority Muslims. The problem stands out on Halki, home to a venerated and endangered Orthodox seminary. “You can’t come in,” snaps the moustachioed guard in front of the gates. “Why not?” I ...

Ankara has reacted angrily to the Vatican for Pope’s remarks on the Genocide of Armenians

  08/06/2013 Turkey has reacted angrily to the Vatican following a statement from Pope Francis describing the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as “the first genocide of the twentieth century” during a meeting with a delegation led by Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics on June 3, according to the Hyuriet Daily News. “The Turkish Foreign Ministry ...

Turkish President Gül includes minority leader on Sweden trip

Sevil Küçükkoşum sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News 9/3/13 In the first ever state visit by a Turkish head of state, President Abdullah Gül will travel to Sweden on March 11, at the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf. Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Orthodox Church Metropolitan Filiksinos Yusuf Çetin will be the first ever representative of a Turkish minority ...

Holy springs, healing springs: Istanbul’s ayazma

Istanbul has quite a few holy springs, referred to as ayazma from the Greek, meaning holy water. The most important of the ayazmas in Istanbul is the one in Balıklı.

Niki GammISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 2/3/13 The most important of the ayazmas in Istanbul is the one in Balıklı, outside the Theodosian walls near Silivrikapı. This spring, which belongs to the Greek Orthodox Church, is dedicated to the Virgin Mary Springs are to be found all over the world and nowhere more so than the Middle East. ...

Orthodox leaders to meet in Istanbul

‘Russia’s presence in such a meeting is a clear sign of the value given to the Fener Greek Patriarchate,’ Metropolitan of Bursa Lambriniadis says. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News 2/3/13 Leading Orthodox parliament members from various countries will meet in Istanbul on March 3 and 4 for a conference entitled “The Social Dimension of Monotheistic Religion.” Organized by The Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO), established upon the initiative of the Hellenic Parliament, the conference will be held at the Hotel Renaissance ...

Books and libraries of the past

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Niki GammISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 5/1/2012 Ottoman book art was rooted in the traditions of the wider Islamic world, but evolved and diversified in Ottoman territories. Traditions were adapted to Ottoman taste and flourished under the diverse influences of the extensive empire and its neighbors Libraries have existed in the Middle East since the ancient period, although ...

Turkish public unaware of truth of Imbros: Patriarch

Erdem Güneş erdem.gunes@hdn.com.tr ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News - 15/11/2012 The Turkish public must acknowledge the injustices Greeks on Imbros island (Gökçeada) suffered in the 1960s, GreekOrthodox Patriarch Bartholomew said Nov. 12 at the launching of a book on the island’s Greekcommunity. “Imbros could be a bridge betweenTurkey and Greece, but it was comprehended as a threat by Turkey. With this approach, the ...

New bell to be installed in St. Giragos Armenian Church of Diyarbakir

19/10/2012 A century after its establishment, the historical Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir reopened for worship last year. Now, the church is set to completely return to its former glory with the installation of a new bell on Nov 4. The new bell, which weighs 100 kilograms, was produced in Moscow, the Hurriyet Daily News ...

Armenian Church decides to end blessing mixed marriages

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr 12/10/2012 Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople Armenian Patriarchate restarts regulations which nix the blessing and the church wedding for the mixed marriages. Decision stirs debate in the Armenian community. The Armenian Patriarchate in Turkey has restarted implementing regulations in regards to mixed marriages, under which Armenians marrying a person of a different ...

Piano melodies to echo at historic Armenian church

Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 7/9/2012 Some 97 years after being closed, the historical Surp (Holy) Giragos Armenian Church in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır was reopened to worship last October. Now, the church will host a piano recital. After also working hard in the restoration of the church himself, the Istanbul-born Canadian pianist Raffi Bedrosyan ...

Church asks Christians in fear to stay in Syria

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 30/8/2012 Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr Syriac clerics call on Christians in Middle East, especially those in Syria, to avoid leaving their homelands amid harsh violence. Justice in Syria can only be achieved by meaningful dialogue between all belligerent elements, they say The Syriac Orthodox Kadim Patriarchate Synod in Damascus called on Christians not to ...

Syriacs offered land already belong to other minorities

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr 14/7/2012 Controversy has risen over plots of land that Turkey’s Syriac community has claimed were offered to them for the establishment of their first church in Istanbul. Two alternative spaces also offered to the Syriac community by the Istanbul municipality belong to the Armenian and Greek foundations respectively, it has ...

Christians form fraternity

Daily News Egypt 8/7/2012 Activists from Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority have moved to buffer the rise of political Islam, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, by establishing their own group – the Christian Brotherhood. The idea of a Christian Brotherhood group was formulated in 2005 as Islamist groups became more prominent in public life. Political analyst Michel Fahmi and head ...

Historic Armenian School Building in Istanbul to Become Hotel

By Vercihan Ziflioğlu From Hurriyet Daily News 25/6/2012 A historical Armenian school, Mesrobyan School in Istanbul’s Gedikpaşa district, is being transformed into a hotel. Gedikpaşa Surp Hovhannes Church Foundation head Harutyun Şanlı, who is also the general secretary of the Armenian Foundations Solidarity Platform, spoke to the Hürriyet Daily News and said the main reason they took this step ...