ISIS Threatens Christian Churches During Holiday Season

With a message posted on the internet on Thursday, the "Secret jihadists" group threaten the Christian world and speak of "bloody celebrations in the...

Panagia Soumela Monastery to Remain Closed Until August 2018

The Panagia Soumela Monastery will remain closed until August 2018 due to restoration works ongoing since 2015. The annual liturgy of the Greek Orthodox Church...

Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople Pens Congratulatory Letter to President-Elect Trump

Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, is the latest of world organization leaders to congratulate U.S. President-Elect Trump. His Holiness recently wrote...
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Permanent Imam Is Appointed at Hagia Sophia

The position of Imam at Hagia Sophia that was established in 1936 but remained vacant for years has now been filled, as a permanent...

First Orthodox Consecration in Smyrna Since 1922

Sunday was a joyous day for the Orthodox Christians of Smyrna, as the consecration of Erythrae Bishop Cyrillus was the first since 1922. The consecration...

Digital Map Traces Turkey’s Minorities’ Cultural Heritage

"Türkiye Kültürel Varlıkları Haritası" (Turkey's Map of Cultural Heritages) is a new digital platform that brings together Armenian, Greek, Jewish and Syriac cultural heritages,...

Turkish Authorities Ban Christian Liturgy in Panagia Sumela Monastery

Turkish authorities notified the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the license for the yearly mass at Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon is revoked. After five consecutive years during which...

First Call to Prayer from Inside Hagia Sophia in 85 Years

July 1st was marked as the first time in 85 years when a muezzin called the faithful to prayer from inside Hagia Sophia in...

Jewish Extremists Disrupt Pentecostal Prayers of Greek Orthodox Leaders on Mount Zion

In accordance to various agreements, Christians are able to observe communal worship in the Cenacle on Mount Zion five times a year, including the important...

The Story of the Karamanlides: Orthodox, Turkish-Speaking People Native to Anatolia

Starting as far back as 1071, Turks began their settlements in Anatolia and shortly after, dominated the vast majority of the region, excluding the...