Turkish government moves to recover land from Orthodox Patriarchate
April 21, 2016
The government of Turkey has taken action to recover land that was restored to the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Fides news service reports.
The government had allowed the Orthodox Church to recover property, under laws that required the restitution of lands seized from religious minority groups. But now the government has opened a case to regain control of the land-- particularly a plot adjacent to an Orthodox theological institute. The government's initiative is the latest in a series of moves against the interests of the Orthodox Patriarchate.
- The Turkish State opens a case to recover the lands returned to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in recent years (Fides)
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