Turkish Journalists Visit Halki Seminary

Nikoleta Kalmouki - Greek Reporter - October 2014 Journalists from major Turkish newspapers (Hürriyet, Sabah, Zaman, Taraf, Doğan Haber Ajansı etc.), visited the seminary of Halki, which participates in the European program “Minority Citizens-Equal Citizens.” The seminary abbot, Metropolitan Elpidoforos of Bursa, welcomed the journalists and presented the work done for the reopening of the seminary, such ...

‘The Savior’ Screening at Turkey’s Halki Seminary

Ioanna Zikakou- Greek Reporter- April - May 2014 Halki Seminary in Heybaliada, Istanbul, will open its doors to host a special screening of the film “The Savior” by Palestinian director, Robert Savo. In light of the recent Easter celebrations, this special screening will take place in the peaceful and historic atmosphere of the seminary. Robert Savo’s film ...

Religious freedom for all

MUSTAFA AKYOL akyol@mustafaakyol.org - 7/12/13 I  have spent the past three days in the German capital, to attend an international conference organized by the Archons, a religious order whose main focus is to protect the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul. But the conference, aptly titled “Tearing down walls,” was focused not only on the Ecumenical Patriarchate or the ...

Turkey, Religious Freedom and the Current State of Christian-Muslim Dialogue

VICTOR GAETAN - 22/10/13 The politically moderate Muslim country is the traditional site of Mary’s House and the birthplace of St. Paul SELÇUK, Turkey — Thankfully, there are places where the simple coexistence of faithful Christians and Muslims is a joy to witness. In a peaceful grove of trees overlooking the ancient city of Ephesus stands a dignified ...

Promised legal reforms disappoint Turkey’s religious minorities

World Watch Monitor - 4/10/13 The Turkish government's long-awaited "democratisation package" of reform laws announced this week has met with considerable disappointment among Turkey's minority religious communities. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed on Monday a broad array of reform laws, drafted by his ruling Justice and Development Party for parliamentary debate and approval. Although public focus remained ...

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 ...

Halki Seminary to undergo status change to allow for reopening

ISTANBUL - 26/8/13 The Halki Greek Orthodox seminary on Istanbul’s Heyebeliada island will revert to its pre-1971 status as part of an indirect method of allowing the long-closed clerical school to reopen while avoiding constitutional regulations on private institutions, according to daily Radikal. The seminary’s reopening, which has been an ongoing point of debate for years, may ...

Orthodox patriarch calls for reopening of Istanbul’s Halki Seminary

  ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency  23/7/13 Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew has repeated his call to the Turkish government for the reopening of the Heybeliada Halki Seminary, saying his flock is entering a "dangerous phase" due to a lack of proper religious officials. Bartholomew was speaking at an iftar event organized by the Istanbul Müfti office, with Müfti Rahmi Yaran present, where ...

US Secretary Kerry urges Turkey to re-open Halki Seminary of Istanbul

ISTANBUL – Agence France-Presse 23/4/13 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Turkey today to re-open Orthodox clergy schools on Heybeliada island near Istanbul that has been kept closed for more than 40 years. "It is our hope that the Halki seminary will open," Kerry said during a press conference in Istanbul after two days of talks ...

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 ...

Turkey Mulls Re-opening Halki Seminary

Andy Dabilis - 29/1/13 After much prodding from Greece and international pressure, the Turkish government is examining at least two formulas for the reopening of the Greek Orthodox seminary on Halki island off Istanbul, the Hurriyet daily said, adding that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already appointed a new committee headed by his undersecretary, Efkan Ala, ...

Halki Seminary Gets 470 Acres From Turkey

Andy Dabilis - 18/1/13 Turkey’s Council of Foundations – part of Turkey’s Directorate General for Foundations (VGM) agreed on Jan. 11 to return 190 hectares, some 470 acres, of forest land to the Greek Orthodox Halki (Heybeliada) Seminary in İstanbul. According to the decision, the land will be given to the seminary’s owner, the Aya Triada Monastery Foundation. ...

World Press on Orthodox Christians’ rights in Turkey (July 12, 2012)

12/7/2012 Today Hurriyet published an article by Mustafa Akyol headlined 'Why do they hate the Ecumenical Patriarchate?' devoted to the problem of Orthodox Christians' rights in modern Turkey. " The other night, I hosted Emre Öktem, an associate professor of international law, on my weekly TV program called “Political Reason.” Our main focus was the Ecumenical Patriarchate ...

‘Erdoğan saved future of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate’

11/4/2011 The spokesperson of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Father Dositheos Anağnostopulos, has said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saved the future of the patriarchate by offering Turkish citizenship to a number of archbishops in 2009. In an interview with the Star daily, Anağnos-topulos said there were 12 archbishops on the patriarchate's Spiritual Board at the ...

Greek patriarch repeats call to reopen Halki Seminary

FULYA VATANSEVER ,İSTANBUL 2/3/2011 The 40-year silence of the Halki (or Heybeliada) seminary must end, said Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, repeating a long-time demand of the patriarchate, on Monday night at the premiere of the documentary “The Silent School” commemorating the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the seminary. Tracing the historical background of the seminary ...