Patriarchate of Constantinople seeks government restitution of seized churches
May 24, 2010
Patriarch Bartolomew I of Constantinople has told a Turkish government commission on minority rights that the country's Christian minority should receive compensation for the efforts by Turkish leader Kemal Ataturk to crush the influence of the Greek Orthodox Church in the 1920s. He specifically asked for the return of churches that were confiscated and given to a government-approved "Turkish Orthodox" patriarch, and the reopening of schools for the Christian minority on the tiny islands of Imvros and Tenedos.
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