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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.ana-mpa.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=7000013&maindocimg=6941654&service=96 11/04/2008 Patriarch refers to standing problems Ecumenical Patriarch
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      11/04/2008

      Patriarch refers to standing problems

      Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (Vartholomeos)
      on Sunday addressed an event in the northern
      Greek city of Drama marking the 17th anniversary
      of his enthronement, where the "Primus inter
      pares" of the world's Orthodox Church leaders
      expressed bitterness over continuing problems
      facing the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey.

      Bartholomew again touched on the difficulties
      faced by the ancient Patriarchate in exercising
      its duties and in the preservation of the
      millennia-old Christian Orthodox heritage in the
      neighbouring country, an EU hopeful.

      Addressing the event on Sunday evening hosted by
      the Bishopric of Drama and the local prefecture
      and municipality, the Ecumenical Patriarch
      pointed out that "Turkey is still searching for its identity".

      "Unfortunately, we suffer the consequences of the
      fermentation and conflicts underway in the
      country, both those out in the open and those
      that take place unnoticed," the Ecumenical
      Patriarch said, before reiterating his standing
      support for Turkey's EU accession, despite
      whatever reactions expressed by a segment of the
      Turkish populations and certain institutions, as he said.

      Bartholomew made a special reference to the
      Church-owned orphanage on one of the Marmara Sea
      islands, Büyükada or Prinkipo, the largest of the
      Princes Islands. The case involving the
      Patriarchate orphanage was recently adjudicated
      by the European Court of Human Rights, with a
      ruling handed down in favor of the Patriarchate.

      The Patriarch said the Istanbul-based Ecumenical
      Patriarchate will prefer to have the landmark
      building returned instead of any monetary
      compensation, while he also promised to seek
      recourse to the Turkish courts over 24 Greek
      Orthodox charitable estates (Vakufs) confiscated
      by the Turkish state in previous years.

      The Patriarch on Monday was set to arrive in the
      western port city of Patras to attend a series of
      civil and Church events in his honor.

      Caption: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is
      shown during a visit to the island of Rhodes on Oct. 15, 2008. ANA-MPA
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