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Elpidophoros Deplores 50th Anniversary of Halki Seminary Closure

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America addressed the solemn anniversary of Turkey's abrupt closure of the Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary in 1971, ending the institution's work of educating generations of clergymen. Interviewed by Dwight Bashir of the United States Commission...

US Urges Turkey to Immediately Reopen the Halki Seminary

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Turkey on Friday to immediately reopen the Greek Orthodox Christian Seminary of Halki, near Istanbul. During his initial remarks before the release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom in...

Istanbul Patriarchate Purchases World’s Third Oldest Church

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Istanbul has purchased what is considered to be the world's third oldest church, the head priest of Halki Seminary, Elpidophoros Lambrianidis, told Anatolia News Agency. According to Hurriyet Daily News, the Byzantine Basmelekler Church, or...

Turkish PM Davutoglu in Athens Amid Heavy Security Measures

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Athens a few minutes after 3:30 pm accompanied by nine of his cabinet's Ministers, in order to participate in the 3rd Greek-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council, to be held over two days...

Halki Seminary’s Library to be Digitized

The rich library of the Greek Orthodox Halki seminary, which includes some of the world's oldest printed books, will be digitized. The seminary library numbers 69,000 volumes. While most of the books date back to the 18th and 19th century, there is...

No Mosque in Athens Means No Greek Schools in Turkey

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its refusal to continue the operation of the Greek Orthodox School, Halki Seminary, until the Fethiye Mosque opens once more for the Muslim population. The Deputy Minister, Metin Kulunk, stated during a...

Erdoğan on Halki: Greeks Want Only Us to Give

Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan requested from Greece reciprocity regarding the reopening of the Halki seminary. Talking to the Turkish TV network “A haber,” Erdoğan, moving in the same wavelength as the Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoğlu...

Egemen Bağış Supports Halki Seminary Reopening

Turkey is seriously considering reopening The Greek Orthodox Halki Seminary in Istanbul. The EU Minister Egemen Bağış thinks this could also mean that Greece would build a mosque in Athens, as promised. The Theological School of Halki was founded in 1844...

A Cultural Journey from Greece to Turkey in Halki

A special concert will take place on September 22 at the Theological School of Halki, in the presence of two Patriarchs. The concert has the general title: A cultural journey from Greece to Turkey. The main singers of the concert...

Halki Seminary May Reopen

The long-pursued demand by the Greek community in Turkey concerning the reopening of the Greek Orthodox Seminary on Heybeliada, will be possibly fulfilled. This is what Justice Minister,  Sadullah Ergin, said. “The reopening of the Halki Seminary is among the...