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 ...

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 ...

Syriacs form group in Swiss to make their voices heard

Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr 03/10/2012   Twelve Syriac-origin lawmakers in the Swiss Parliament have come together to establish a group that aims to make the voice of Syriacs heard. The group, named “Schweiz Suryoye” (Switzerland Syriacs) will aim to bring the problems of the Syriacs in Turkey and the Middle East to the agenda, Rıza Tüzün, the head of foreign ...

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 ...

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 ...

Red Crescent assists Fener Patriarchate

Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr 5/6/2012 The Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay), for the first time in its history, provided 200 boxes of food and clothing aid to the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate yesterday. Avedis Hilkat, a board member at the Turkish Red Crescent’s Adalar office, Ahmet Lütfü Akar, head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Ömer Taşlı, director-general of the Turkish ...

Christian clerics alarmed at growing threats, persecution in Turkey

This file photo shows the Dirisu home church located in Istanbul’s Şişli district. Many Christian clerics say police [officers] keep watch at their door during mass. DAILY NEWS photo

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 10/4/2012 Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr In the wake of an attack against an Istanbul Protestant Pastor, Christian Clerics in Turkey say they feel alarmed at the accelerating number of such incidents and even hesitate to open their doors to people Christian clerics in Turkey have expressed their anxiety regarding the growing threats they face in wake ...

Fener Greek Patriarch ‘encourages’ Turkish government for minority rights

27/3/2012 Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr Even though the Patriarch praised the government in an international platform, this does not mean all of the problems of the Greek community had been totally solved, opinion leaders from the Greek community in Turkey have said. Turkey’s stance toward minorities is praiseworthy, Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew said while meeting the former Greek Prime Minister ...

Syriac leader refuses to move patriarchate to Turkey

Echove Gouriye says the patriarchate holds Syriac population together in Syria.

Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 22/3/2012 The head of the Syriac Union Party in Syria stated his opposition to the relocation of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus and the Syriac Catholic Patriarchate in Beirut back into Turkey. “We have a large population in Syria, and the patriarchate is the highest institution that holds them together. ...

Turkey moves to fetch Syriac Patriarchates

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News 10/3/3012 Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr Turkey has rolled into action to bring the Syriac Orthodox and Catholic Patriarchates in Syria and Lebanon back into the country, according to a Syriac Catholic official who called for the resolution of more immediate and pressing problems first. 10/3/2012 “We are not against the Patriarchates’ return, but there has to be ...

Syriac Christians to get first church in Istanbul

Prominent Syriac community leader, Kenan Altınışık (C) says the construction is set to begin as soon as suitable lands for the new church building are allotted.

Vercihan Ziflioğlu ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News 5/10/2011 Turkey’s Syriac Christian community has secured approval from officials for the construction of its first church. The church, planned to be constructed in the Yeşilköy neighborhood, is expected to host 17,000 Syriacs who live in Istanbul After years of tussling and hairsplitting, Turkey’s Syriac Christian community has secured approval from both ...

Greek minority schools await approval of books

Vercihan Ziflioğlu ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News 3/10/2011 Students in Turkey’s Greek minority schools use photocopies instead of regular books since the books sent from Greece still await approval to be distributed. Teachers ask for a immediate solution to the problem while the books are kept in a storage depot at the Private Greek Zapyon High School. Minority schools for ...

Orthodox leaders convene in Istanbul

Vercihan Ziflioğlu ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News 1/9/2011 The religious leaders of the Orthodox Christian world met Thursday at the Fener Greek Patriarchate to participate in a ceremony marking the beginning of a new season on Sept. 1, in accordance with Orthodox traditions. The commemoration of World Peace Day on the same date added further significance to the ...