Ecumenical Patriarch Meets Turkish PM

Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos met with Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay in Istanbul on October 10. They discussed the facilitation and the granting of permits for the conducting of church services in old Orthodox churches in Asia Minor. The meeting was held in a spirit of understanding and good will. Vartholomeos underlined that
the Patriarchate contributes to religious tourism in the broader regions. Vartholomeos also met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul (photo, R).

Their meeting was described as "positive" and "satisfactory". (ANA)

(Posting date 24 October 2007)

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