Patriarch Vartholomeos Explains Why He Lives in Turkey

Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, ironically lives in a country where most of the people are not Christians. In fact it is estimated that 99% of Turks are Muslim.  This is surprising as the head of the second largest Christian Church is a native of Turkey.

Referred to as ‘His All Holiness’, Vartholomeos spoke with “60 Minutes” from his office in Turkey. During the interview Vartholomeos said his office is called Phanar and it has been the headquarters of the church since 1599. At the interview he was asked:“I think a lot of people would want to know, your all holiness, why the leader of so many millions of Orthodox Christians in the world lives in a country that is 99% Muslim?” He replied: “Because we are here before this country becomes a Muslim country, much earlier. Since ever. Since the very beginning.”


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