Religious Freedom Today-Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan: 1700 years later

Istanbul, Turkey 5/16/2013 Istanbul, Turkey, 17-18 May 2013 1700 years have passed since 313 when, through the Milan Edict of Toleration, Emperor Constantine granted freedom of conscience and freedom of worship to all cults, thus putting an end to centuries of persecution against Christians in the Roman Empire. Since then, Christians have enjoyed religious freedom, which has allowed ...

Second Annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception

Aphoridte - 18/12/12 PRESS RELEASE Second Annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception Washington, DC – On November 29th, 2012, Congressman John Sarbanes convened the second annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights and Religious Freedom Reception on Capitol Hill. The Reception, which was held in the Rayburn House Office Building, was hosted by Senator Ben Cardin and ...

Archons offer twitter updates during Religious Freedom Mission to Berlin, Ecumenical Patriarchate and Ankara

Berlin, Germany 9/10/2012 Click here to access Twitter: With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, an Archon Delegation arrived in Berlin, Germany to begin detailed advance work in the planning of the second International Archon Religious Freedom Conference scheduled for November 2013. The Archon team will then travel ...

International Religious Freedom Report of 2011 (Turkey)

Anadolu Agency 1/8/2012 U.S. Department of State made public its 2011 International Religious Freedoms report. In the section on Turkey, the report drew attention to the Turkish government's steps to facilitate the return of property to minority foundations. "The constitution and other laws and policies protect religious freedom, and in practice, the Turkish government generally respected religious freedom," ...

Ethiopian Muslims and Ethiopian Christian Orthodox Demand Religious Freedom for All Ethiopians (SMNE)

27/5/2012 Historic decision brings Ethiopian people of faith together in condemning the Meles regime’s interference in their religious practice. Ethiopian Muslims and Ethiopian Christians are creating history! Leaders of both faiths are now publically supporting the religious freedom of each other and with it, condemning the Ethiopian regime of Meles Zenawi for its interference in the religious ...

Month of May Marks Eritrea’s Religious Freedom Abuses

Patriarch Abune Antonios of Eritrea

26/5/2012 Read OCP Article on persecutions of Eritrean Christians and the Eritrean Orthodox Church: This month marks two important anniversaries that underscore the continuing deterioration of religious freedom and related human rights in Eritrea: the 2007 house arrest of Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch Abune Antonios and the 2002 imposition of onerous registration requirements on all but four officially ...

Senate Introduces Return of Churches Resolution

Senators Scott Brown, Dianne Feinstein and Mark Kirk introduced the resolution demanding Turkey to return stolen church properties.

9/3/2012 Religious Freedom Measure Calls on Turkey to Return all Stolen Christian Church Properties. WASHINGTON–Senators Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced a bipartisan measure, today, calling upon the Secretary of State to press Turkey to return stolen Christian church properties and allow full freedom of faith for religious minorities, reported the Armenian ...

National Commander Limberakis honored by the Constantinopolitan Society

Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew, honored by The Constantinopolitan Society's President, Mr. Anthony Lambidis, during a ceremony in Athens, recognizing his devotion towards the Mother Church of Constantinople and efforts in securing religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Athens, Greece 2/6/2012 Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate The Constantinopolitan Society honored Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew, in recognition for his dedication and commitment to the Mother Church of Constantinople, January 29, 2012. The Society paid special tribute to his efforts of informing the international community on the violations of ...

Why Christians in Egypt Are Holding Their Breath, Part 2

By Kurt J. Werthmuller 26/1/2012 The long-term future of Christians in Egypt is fraught with peril. Paradoxically, the last century has been a period in which Copts have experienced both a reinvigorated sense of communal identity and increasing socio-religious pressure. In terms of the former, the mid-20th-century "Sunday School movement" (whose leaders in its heyday of the 1930s ...

Why Christians in Egypt Are Holding Their Breath, Part 1

By Kurt J. Werthmuller 23/12/2012 A guided tour through the Christian communities of the Middle East begins with a community founded in the Apostolic generation. The Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner lays nestled in the shadow of Cairo's Muqattam Hills, in an unbearably squalid neighborhood (unofficially known as "Garbage City") that is home to tens of thousands ...

ŒCOCW Calls for International Religious Freedom for Exiled Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch

22/1/2012 The Holy Synod of the Œcumenical Canonical Orthodox Church Worldwide (ŒCOCW) joins the faithful of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church in demanding religious freedom for its exiled Patriarch. According to a report by George Alexander, Secretary of the Orthodoxy Cognate Media Network, a significant portion of the Christian population in Eritrea are being severely persecuted for ...

Archons deliver Religious Freedom Presentations for the Ecumenical Patriarchate to OSCE

Warsaw, Poland 11/8/2011 On behalf of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons Theofanis Economidis and Achilles Adamantiades, Ph.D., presented two papers at the 2011 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). OSCE is the world's largest security organization whose fifty-six participating states and eleven partner ...

Kazakhstan: Christians fear draft laws threaten Religious Freedom


29/9/2011 Christians in Kazakhstan are concerned that draft legislation being discussed in Parliament's upper house today (Thursday 29 September) would severely limit religious freedom. If it were passed, one of the two draft laws would make illegal the activities of any group refusing to submit to a proposed tough new registration system. The same would apply to ...

Archons’ Religious Freedom Mission in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate continues in Central and Eastern Europe

Ecumenical Patriarchate Vienna-Prague-Bucharest-Istanbul, Europe5/7/2009A delegation of Archons visited Central and Eastern Europe during the week of February 21-28, 2009, in continuation of the Archons' Religious Freedom Mission in support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.The five-member delegation traveled to Vienna, Prague and Bucharest and concluded its mission with an audience with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew ...

Symposium to be held on Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Religious Freedom Crisis

The Order of Saint Andrew's Greater Delaware Valley region will be hosting a symposium entitled, "The Ecumenical Patriarchate: A Church in Captivity and the Religious Freedom Crisis in Turkey" at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA on March 7, 2009. Dr. George E. Demacopoulos, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Fordham University, ...