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US: Istanbul Patriarchate has ecumenical status

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    http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/352697.asp Greek Orthodox Patriarchy is ecumenical: US The US State Department statement said that President Bush had requested
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      Greek Orthodox Patriarchy is ecumenical: US

      The US State Department statement said that President Bush had
      requested the re-opening of the Greek Orthodox seminary in the
      Heybeliada during a meeting in June with Prime Minister Erdogan.


      WASHINGTON - The United States has said it recognised the Greek
      Orthodox Patriarchy in Istanbul as having ecumenical status, a
      written statement issued late Monday said.

      The statement, released by State Department spokesman Sean McCormack
      in response to a question raised in the department's daily briefing,
      said that they saw the Greek Orthodox Patriarch as a religious
      leader of a global position.

      The statement stressed that in the US' religious freedoms report for
      2005, that the issues of ecumenical patriarchy, the re-opening of
      the Orthodox seminary on the Turkish island of Heybeliada and rights
      of other religious minorities were covered.

      Ankara does not acknowledge the ecumenical status of the Patriarchy,
      deeming incumbent Patriarch Batholomew II as being the leader of
      Turkey's Orthodox community, rather than being the head of the
      Orthodox church world wide.
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