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Turkey: Orthodox patriarch welcomes government return of confiscated properties

September 05, 2011

The Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople has said that he is “satisfied” that Turkey’s government plans to return properties that had been seized from the Church. But Patriarch Bartholomew I makes it clear that the government’s decision is a requirement of justice, not an act of largesse. “Better late than never,” he says.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Sep. 06, 2011 12:41 AM ET USA

    While they're at it, could the Turks give back Hagia Sophia, too? And maybe pay for its restoration after the multiple desecrations it has suffered at the hands of the Religion of Peace?