Halki School.

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The Is­tan­bul-based Ec­u­meni­cal Pa­tri­arch Vartholo­maios, the spir­i­tual head of the world’s Ortho­dox Chris­tians, called at the week­end for the re­open­ing of the The­o­log­i­cal School of Halki, which Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties shut down in 1972. “We are wait­ing for the de­ci­sion which is 45 years late,” he said af­ter a meet­ing with Greek Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Costas Gavroglou on the is­land of Gokceada in Tur­key, adding that “in the new Tur­key en­vi­sioned by his Ex­cel­lency, our Pres­i­dent [Re­cep Tayyip] Er­do­gan, there is a place, we be­lieve, for a the­o­log­i­cal school for Chris­tians. Not a new one, but the one that was so un­fairly shut down.” The shut­ting down of the school, Vartholo­maios said, was un­fair on the Greek com­mu­nity (of Tur­key), Or­tho­doxy and re­li­gious free­dom.

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