Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew celebrates the Liturgy in year 2015 for first time after 93 years at the Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni at Artaki, Kyzikos.
Press Release No: 15/34 9 September 2015 Istanbul/Heybeliada
Advancing Freedom of Religion or Belief for All: Experts gather at Halki
From September 7 to 9 more than 40 human rights experts from across Europe journeyed to the hilltop theological school of Halki on the Turkish island of Heybeliada. Once the heart of theological education for the Orthodox world, the school closed in 1971 as a result of a ban on private higher education in Turkey. Arriving by plane, train, and even by foot, participants discussed and debated approaches to advancing freedom of religion or belief.
ISTANBUL – Pope Francis was enthusiastically greeted with the ringing of church bells upon arrival at the Ecumenical Patriarchate today on the occasion of the celebration of St. Andrew the Apostle, patron saint of the Church of Constantinople, the Byzantine name for present-day Istanbul. The Pope was received at the patriarchal gate by the Elder Metropolitans of Nicaea and Chalcedon. The Ecumenical Patriarch then escorted the Pope into the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George.