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    From: mnkamel@hotmail.com Turkey: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I condemns terrorism in Easter message May. 1, 2005 1:03 Patriarch condemns terrorism in
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      Turkey: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I condemns terrorism in Easter
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      May. 1, 2005 1:03
      Patriarch condemns terrorism in Easter message
      By ASSOCIATED PRESS
      ISTANBUL, Turkey

      Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I spoke out against terrorism,
      killing in the name of religion and fanaticism as Orthodox faithful gathered
      early Sunday at the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul to
      celebrate Easter.

      Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians
      and a longtime advocate of harmony between different religions, led several
      thousand worshippers at a crowded midnight liturgy to celebrate Easter. Many
      were pilgrims from neighboring Greece.

      Bells rang loudly outside the gold-adorned Cathedral of St. George in
      Istanbul as Bartholomew proclaimed that Jesus Christ had risen from the
      dead.

      In his Easter message, Bartholomew said humanity was not following
      Jesus Christ's message.

      "Terrorists kill in order to force nations and governments to accept
      their demands ... Nations clash for reasons of racial dominance and
      thousands of people are killed ... Fanatics murder the ones that do not
      share in their fanaticism. Believers of one faith sometimes kill others who
      represent a different faith," Bartholomew said.

      "Contemporary man is so familiar with the catastrophic evil of
      humanity that he does not always understand the joy and depth of the
      resurrection," the patriarch added.

      Orthodox churches use a different calendar than the Roman Catholic and
      Protestant churches, which celebrated Easter on March 27.

      The patriarchate, based in predominantly Muslim Turkey, dates from the
      Orthodox Greek Byzantine Empire, which collapsed when the Ottoman Turks
      conquered the city in 1453.

      Bartholomew is considered the first among equals among Orthodox
      patriarchs and directly controls several Greek Orthodox churches around the
      world.

      Turkey only recognizes him as the religious leader of its tiny Greek
      Orthodox minority.
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