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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...

Pompeo Tours Istanbul Mosque, Meets Nuncio on Tour to Promote Religious Freedom

As part of his whirlwind tour aimed toward promoting religious freedom around the world, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the papal nuncio to Turkey and toured an Istanbul mosque after meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on...

Mike Pompeo Meets With Patriarch Bartholomew as Turkey Snubs Visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in Istanbul on Tuesday to discuss religious freedom in the country. "Honored to meet with His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and to...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Meets With Pompeo on Hagia Sophia, East Med Tensions

Elpidophoros, the Greek-Orthodox Archbishop of the Americas, met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday at the State Department. Discussing issues ranging from the takeover of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to peace in the Mediterranean, the talks were...