Asia News reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a new report “which denigrates the ‘minority’ presence of the Greek Orthodox community in Turkey, and refuses to recognize the ‘ecumenical’ character of the ancient patriarchate.”
It seems that the Turkish foreign ministry is trying to make the patriarchate “disappear,” continuing to call Bartholomew I “the patriarch of Fanar [editor’s note: the neighborhood where the patriarch resides],” refusing to use the title “ecumenical” and acknowledging only that he has spiritual responsibility for the domestic Greek minority, and not for the Orthodox communities connected to Constantinople. It also seems almost a concession from above to accept that Bartholomew I uses the title “ecumenical” abroad.
Said the Patriarch: “We are not finished, or hopeless.”
The news service also cited a source who said that Turkey “was highly disturbed by the emphasis that the Russian media gave to the presence of ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew at the funeral for Alexy II.” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has expressed an interest in visiting the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the news service said.
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