Patriarch Feels "Crucified" in Turkey (1/2)

This report reveals the nature of Turkish persecution of the Eastern Orthodox Church's ecumenical Patriarchate. Turkey, while it claims to be a secular government and has been working hard to join the EU, nevertheless is systematically working to eleminate the ancient Orthodox Christian community based in Constantinople/Istanbul by closing seminaries, churches, and monasteries, and enacting laws that restrict who may become Patriarch.

I believe that Western nations should insist that Turkey give the Orthodox Church more freedom, work to prevent violence by the Muslim majority against Christians, and return the many churches and properties that have been seized over the centuries.



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