Category Archives: Turkey

Orthodox Church in Turkish village destroyed by treasure hunters

May 26, 2020. Orthodox Christians in Turkey are concerned that the church in the village of Yeşildere has greatly suffered at the hands of looters over the past years. Treasure hunters have stripped graves, excavated the building structure, and destroyed the garden. Villagers have appealed to authorities to designate the church a tourist site in order to preserve it, reports […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion, an Ukrainian citizen, was denied the right of freedom of movement inside Ukraine, while he was attempting to enter Ukraine through an official entry-exit checkpoint on the demarcation line around eastern territories of Ukraine.

December 9, 2018. The press service of the Donetsk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church informs that the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities did not allow the ruling bishop of Donetsk and Mariupol diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), His Eminence, Metropolitan of Donetsk and Mariupol, to cross the demarcation line in the official entry-exit checkpoint “Novotroitskoye”. Metropolitan Hilarion went […]

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Georgian prisoners in Turkey on hunger strike for place to pray

August 7, 2017. 150 Georgian citizens, serving sentences for various crimes in Turkey, have declared a hunger strike in their Constantinople prison. Among their demands is an area for prayer, reports Georgian news station Rustavi-2. Family members of the prisoners speak about cruelty to convicts and have accused diplomatic representatives of negligence. “150 prisoners, all Georgians, are on a hunger […]

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Greece Slams Quran Reading in Istanbul’s Orthodox Christian Cathedral

June 6, 2016.The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned on Monday the decision by the authorities of Turkey to read the Quran in Hagia Sophia Orthodox Christian cathedral in Istanbul during Ramadan as a regressive and bordering on fanaticism, as reports sputnik agency. Hagia Sophia is a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal church from the sixth century which was later transformed into an […]

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Turks hang pro-Islamic Ramadan banner on Orthodox Church

June 6, 2016. A group of Muslims unfolded a banner in front the Greek Orthodox Church in the southern province of Hatay, as reports According to Turkish newspaper ‘Daily Sabah’, the banner read ‘We are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan in all the Islamic world’. The article in Sabah points out the Church is located in a busy […]

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