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Turkish authorities to open Orthodox seminary on Halki Island

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7027 12 March 2010, 13:22 Turkish authorities to open Orthodox seminary on Halki Island Moscow, March 12,
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      12 March 2010, 13:22
      Turkish authorities to open Orthodox seminary on Halki Island

      Moscow, March 12, Interfax - Turkish government
      plans to resume work of an Orthodox Theological
      seminary on the Island of Halki as it was closed several dozens years ago.

      "Me personally and the government are determined
      to restart education in seminar," the Sedmitza.ru
      website has cited Turkish Vice Prime Minister Bülent Ar?nç I as saying.

      As was reported in February, PACE deputies urged
      Turkish authorities to let Constantinople
      Patriarch reopen a theological school on Halki
      and register it as a branch of theological
      faculty of the Galatasaray University.

      Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia after
      his meeting with Turkey's head for Religious
      Affairs Ali Bardakoglu in Ankara in 2009 said
      that "to reopen the Halki theological school would be a right step to take."

      Turkish government closed the Halki theological
      school in the 1970-s, then it was the only
      seminary of the Constantinople Orthodox Church. It has not opened ever since.
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