Patriarch Bartholomew: “We cannot breathe, the Patriarchate is dying”

December 24, 2009

The Hurriyet Daily News reports:

Criticized for telling U.S. network CBS that he felt “crucified in Turkey,” in an interview Patriarch Bartholomew told daily Milliyet, “We are without oxygen, the Patriarchate is dying.”

He said the interview with CBS was not planned and that the media had emphasized the crucifixion quote. He said this was a metaphor for detailing Greeks’ problems in Turkey, highlighted by the issue of the Halki seminary located on Heybeliada, one of Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands in Marmara Sea.

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