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Question on Future of Panagia Sumela Orthodox Monastery

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      Council of Europe Raises Question on Future of Panagia Sumela
      Orthodox Monastery, Pontus

      Posted on 31 January 2011 by Apostolos Papapostolou

      The issue of intellectual, Byzantine heritage and the future of the
      Orthodox Panagia Sumela Monastery in historical Pontus, was raised
      during the last session of the Council of the Europe Parliamentary
      Assembly. The meeting was led by Ivan Savvidi, member of the Russian
      delegation and the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
      Mr. Savvidi thanked the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul for the
      Divine Liturgy held at the historical Panagia Sumela Monastery in
      Trabzon. It was held for the first time in eighty-eight years on
      August 15, 2010. He raised the issue of the possibility of
      subsequent use for religious reasons, important Byzantine churches
      and monasteries, while reminding the audience of the sad fate of the
      Halki Theological Seminary.
      Abdullah Gul promised the Russian MP to examine the issue of
      collaboration in the field of cultural and religious dialogue, as
      mentioned in Ivan Savvidi's announcement.
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