Surp Holy Cross Tibrevank Armenian Church granted foundation status

TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 20/4/2012 The Foundations Council of Turkey’s Directorate General for Foundations (VGM) has granted foundation status to the Surp Holy Cross Tibrevank Armenian Church. The decision to grant the church foundation status was discussed at a meeting of the Foundations Council on Wednesday. The council noted that the request by the Armenian church to be granted ...

Patriarch Bartholomew praises Gülen’s dialogue efforts

Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I takes part in the 4th World Policy Conference in Vienna on Dec. 10, 2011. (Photo: EPA)

TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 11/4/2012 Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has praised well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen for his efforts to build intercultural dialogue in Turkey and the world in an interview he gave to a US daily. “He builds bridges, and religion should build bridges,” said the patriarch. “This is why we need the dialogues. Not to ...

Reopening of Greek Orthodox Seminary back on agenda

Halki Orthodox Seminary

27/3/2012 TODAY'S ZAMAN, ANKARA Turkey has decided to reopen a former Greek Orthodox seminary on an island off the coast of İstanbul, according to a statement made by US President Barack Obama. The EU and the US have frequently criticized Turkey for not reopening the Halki Greek Orthodox seminary -- which experts say is related to Turkey's interpretation ...

Patriarch Bartholomew to demand non-Muslims have place in state

Bartholomew will speak on Feb. 20 in front of Parliament where he will present a package of proposals to improve the rights of minorities in Turkey. (Photo: EPA)

TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 14/2/2012 Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I will present a package of proposals to Parliament next week, emphasizing the restricted rights of minorities in Turkey and demanding they play a role in top-level state bureaucracy. Patriarch Bartholomew will speak in front of MPs in Parliament on Feb. 20, when he will discuss the problems facing minorities ...

Malatya Municipality demolishes Armenian place of worship

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TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 3/2/2012 Officials from the Malatya Municipality have demolished three buildings, including a place of worship that was under renovation, located inside an Armenian cemetery even though the Malatya governor and mayor gave permission. A residence for the watchman, a room to bathe the bodies of the dead and a place of worship were pulled down ...

Armenian church reopens in Karaköy after Restoration

Archbishop Aram Ateşyan (2nd L) and Mayor Sarıgül (2nd R) pose for cameras at the newly opened church. (Photo: AA)

10/1/20111 TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL Sunday saw St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in the Karaköy quarter of İstanbul reopen for religious services following a six-year period of renovation supported by Sişli Municipality Mayor Mustafa Sarıgül. Sarıgül was joined for the occasion by the mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, along with Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, deputy patriarch of the Armenian ...

Christians in Turkey festively celebrate Christmas

Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas with a religious service on saturday at St. Pierre Church in Hatay. (Photo: AA) TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 25/12/2011 The thousands of Christians in Turkey began their Christmas celebrations on Dec. 24, and several religious ceremonies were held in different churches as political figures like the president and prime minister issued holiday messages. İstiklal Street was ...

Amid increasing debt woes, Greeks ponder a return to İstanbul

TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 30/10/2011 The hardship brought on by Athens’s present fiscal woes is prompting many Greeks to consider looking for opportunities in neighboring İstanbul, says a study published in the Sunday pages of the Greek newspaper Proto Thema. According to the paper, officials from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and other Greek organizations based in İstanbul ...

Clinton hails Turkey for move to return properties to non-Muslim Minorities

TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 14/9/2011 The Turkish government's decision to return properties that were confiscated from non-Muslim minorities in 1936 and to lift a ban on wearing headscarves at university campuses have drawn enthusiastic praise from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “We have also seen Turkey take serious steps to improve the climate for religious tolerance. The ...

Armenians hold second religious ceremony at Akdamar Church

TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL 11/9/2011 A second religious ceremony has been held since the historic Sept. 19, 2010 service at the Armenian Church of the Holy Cross on the island of Akdamar in the eastern province of Van on Sunday. Hymns and prayers resonated on Akdamar Island in 2010, 95 years after religious services ended in the Armenian ...

THE ARMENIAN CHURCH IN EUROPE TODAY

08/03/2011 On 3 August 2011, Deacon Heratch Chiliguirian lecturer at Cambridge University, who is also serving the St. Sarkis Church in London, visited the Seminary of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia and spoke of the “Armenian Church in Europe Today” to the priests, deacons and students. Archbishop Nareg Alemezian welcomed the guest speaker and ...

“OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR TODAY AND OUR TOMORROW”

02/13/2011 “OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR TODAY AND OUR TOMORROW” Said His Holiness Aram I on the Eve of the Feast of Presentation of Jesus to the Temple. On Sunday 13 February 2011, a large number of people, mainly mothers with their young children, gathered in the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral and its courtyard to celebrate ...

Syriac community gathers for Ritual

1/7/2010 Hundreds of Assyrians from Turkey and abroad convened at the 12th Great Ritual of the Syriac Kadim Community in the eastern Turkish province of Adıyaman on Wednesday at the Mor Petrus-Mor Pavlus Church. The metropolitan bishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church in the province of Adıyaman, Melki Ürek, who is also responsible for Syriac churches in ...