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Despite US efforts, famed Orthodox seminary remains closed in Turkey

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17875 Despite US efforts, famed Orthodox seminary remains closed in Turkey CWN - May 15, 2013
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      Despite US efforts, famed Orthodox seminary remains closed in Turkey
      CWN - May 15, 2013

      Halki seminary, opened by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
      in 1844 and closed by the Turkish government in 1971, remains closed
      despite calls by President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State
      Hilary Clinton, and others to reopen it. The seminary educated nearly
      1,000 clergy.

      Although the Turkish government recently returned 400 acres to the
      seminary, the Patriarchate’s strategy of relying on foreign pressure
      rather than taking legal action is a failed one, argues Orhan Kemal
      Cengiz, a Turkish human rights attorney.
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