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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_politics_100015_03/11/2010_120894 Orphanage to change hands Wednesday November 3, 2010 - Ekathimerini. A former
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      Orphanage to change hands
      Wednesday November 3, 2010 - Ekathimerini.

      A former Orthodox orphanage located on a small
      island off the coast of Istanbul is set to be
      returned to the Ecumenical Patriarchate today by
      Turkish authorities in accordance with a European court ruling.

      A court on the biggest of the nine islets that
      make up the Princes’ Islands is today expected to
      issue a decision overturning a previous ruling
      that had transfered the building from the
      Patriarchate into the hands of Turkish authorities.

      According to sources, Ecumenical Patriarch
      Vartholomaios plans to order the rebuilding of
      the structure – one of the largest wooden
      buildings in the world – and to create in its
      place a center for the protection of the
      environment and the promotion of religious
      dialogue. Both are issues that Vartholomaios,
      known as the “green patriarch” for his
      environmental initiatives, has promoted for
      years. In June, the European Court of Human
      Rights ordered Ankara to return the orphanage to the Patriarchate.
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