Prophet Elias in Izmir to Be Demolished

Nicky Mariam Onti - 8/9/13 A historic monument of Christianity is being sacrificed on the altar of modernization. The Orthodox Church of Prophet Elias in Izmir (Smyrna) in Turkey, one of the few Christian churches in the region, is set to be demolished under the threat of plans for creating a new highway. Greek Culture and ...

Archbishop Demetrios in Aid of Cyprus

Nicky Mariam Onti - 5/4/13 Archbishop of America Demetrios has called a meeting of leading Greek Americans and Cypriot American organizations to discuss the situation in Cyprus and share ideas in order to find ways to help the Cypriot people. The meeting will be held on April 3, at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of ...

Turkey Leans Toward Opening Halki Seminary

Nicky Mariam Onti - 7/3/13 After years of resistance, the Turkish government is considering allowing the re-opening of the closed Halki Seminary, the Anatolia News agency reported. Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said the institution should be reopened to educate clerics for the Orthodox community, saying “minorities have the same rights as us” while he was speaking ...

Orthodox Church In Istanbul Will Be Rebuilt

14/12/12 -  Nicky Mariam Onti The municipal council of Istanbul has decided to give the permission to rebuild the St. Stefanos (Yeşilköy) Church, the first time the Turkish Republic has allowed an Orthodox religious institution to be renovated. The church is under the aegis of the Arab-Orthodox community which had asked many times for their own place for ...

Metropolitan Augustine Blasts Racism in Greece

Nicky Mariam Onti 28/10/2012 Orthodox Metropolitan Augustine of Germany’s Ecumenical Patriarchate has condemned what he called “xenophobia and racism, wherever they’re coming from,” noting an increase in racist and anti-immigrant attacks in Greece. Speaking to the Greek version of  Deutsche Welle, he stressed that, “When such events occur, the Church cannot remain silent,” although the Greek Orthodox Church ...