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Christian Churches in Jerusalem Warn of Attacks by Radical Groups

Each year, Christians from all over the world travel to the Holy Land to experience Christmas in the place where Jesus walked -- but now, religious leaders are warning that there could be attacks this year in Christian churches...

Reps. Bilirakis, Malliotakis Laud Religious Freedom During Patriarch’s Visit

Rep. Gus Bilirakis, the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues and the International Religious Freedom Caucus, delivered the keynote address at the Oct. 24 AHEPA Congressional Banquet in honor of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, member of...

US State Department Deplores Closing of Halki Seminary 50 Years Ago

The seminary at Halki, Turkey, was closed on July 29, 1971 when Turkey ruled that all private institutions of higher learning be closed.

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 State Department Slams Turkey on Ecumenical Patriarchate, Hagia Sophia

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken addressed reporters after the release of the 2020 Religious Freedom Report, making no mention of Turkey.

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...