Ecumenical Patriarch denies involvement in Turkish coup attempt
September 08, 2016
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has strongly denied allegations in the Turkish press that Patriarch Bartholomew I, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, was involved in the July coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan.
The Ecumenical Patriarch left Turkey for Slovenia hours before the coup attempt, prompting rumors that he had been received prior warning.
- The Ecumenical Patriarchate rejects the "false allegations" regarding the involvement in the failed coup (Fides)
- Orthodox Patriarch left Turkey just before coup, sparking rumors (CWN, 7/20)
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