Pa­tri­arch urges Ankara to re­open Halki sem­i­nary

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

The spir­i­tual leader of the Ortho­dox Church, Ec­u­meni­cal Pa­tri­arch Vartholomaios, yes­ter­day re­peated his call for the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment to al­low the Halki sem­i­nary to re­open. Ahead of a meet­ing with Greek Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los in Athens, Vartholomaios said the Pa­tri­ar­chate needs the the­o­log­i­cal school on the islet of Halki to open again so it can train cler­ics and the­olo­gians. The pa­tri­arch said it was un­ac­cept­able for the sem­i­nary to have been set up dur­ing Ot­toman rule but for it to have now re­mained closed for 44 years un­der demo­cratic rule in Turkey. Last week, the US Com­mis­sion on In­ter­na­tional Reli­gious Free­dom (USCIRF) sug­gested in its 2015 An­nual Re­port that Ankara had failed to show the “po­lit­i­cal will” nec­es­sary to al­low the sem­i­nary to op­er­ate again. There were un­con­firmed re­ports ear­lier this year that Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said he was pre­pared to al­low the Halki school to re­open if Greek author­i­ties al­lowed a mosque to op­er­ate in Thes­sa­loniki. Vartholomaios also held talks with Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras in Athens yes­ter­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.