Ecumenical Patriarchate to Appeal Confiscation of Church Properties

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has declared intentions to appeal to Turkish courts, and should that fail, to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg regarding the 23 Orthodox foundations and communities that have been confiscated by the Turkish government's religious foundation directorate.Following the Divine Liturgy at St. George Church, atop the ...

Inter-Orthodox Consultation in Sofia, Bulgaria

OCASOFIA, BULGARIA [OCA Communications] -- Priest Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, represented the Orthodox Church in America at an inter-Orthodox consultation here March 11 and 12, 2009. The Bulgarian Patriarchate hosted the consultation in response to the January 22, 2009 decision by ...

European court fines Turkey in Greek Orthodox case

The European Court of Human Rights Tuesday ruled Turkey had violated the property rights of a Greek Orthodox foundation by seizing its land and ordered the government to pay damages. Judges said Turkey had breached the European Convention on Human Rights by barring the foundation from registering its title to a church and surrounding lands ...