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.