Ecumenical Patriarch’s Fifth Visit to Sumela Monastery

Ioanna Zikakou - 16/8/14 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Sumela Monastery in Turkey for the fifth consecutive year and officiated the Divine Liturgy held in the historic monastery. Hundreds of worshipers attended the liturgy for the Dormition of Virgin Mary in an atmosphere of piety and emotion. People arrived in Trabzon by air, car or even bikes in order to ...

Orthodox Christians convene at ancient Sumela monastery

World Bulletin / News Desk - 18/8/13 A religious ceremony by Orthodox Christians began at Sumela Monastery in Macka district of northern Trabzon province in Turkey. The Sumela Monastery is 1600 year old ancient Orthodox monastery located at a 1200 meters height on a steep cliff at Macka region of Trabzon city in Turkey. The Orthodox Christians on ...

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," ...