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Greek Orthodox bishop challenges Turkey’s president to convert

May 05, 2017

Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus has sent an open letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, telling the Muslim leader that he must convert to Christianity or face damnation.

In his message the Greek prelate describes Muhammed as a “false prophet” and dismisses the Qu’ran. He urges Erdogan to “renounce all errors, heresies, and innovations of Islam.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 06, 2017 10:44 PM ET USA

    Can you imagine a Catholic prelate being this "rigid" and "judgmental"? No shades of gray here. Nothing but black and white. I wonder if the "Who am I to judge?" line will become an obstacle to reunification of the two Churches.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - May. 06, 2017 11:57 AM ET USA

    Courageous. A Catholic Bishop wouldn't do that since the Pope would apparently call it proselytism, I suppose, and can't think of a quicker way for Erdogan to be on someone's hit list.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - May. 05, 2017 8:19 PM ET USA

    I admit that I admire this!