Crucifixion Remarks Lead to Tension Between Turkish Government and +Bartholomew

December 21, 2009

Speaking in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” for a story that was broadcast yesterday, Patriarch Bartholomew said Turkey’s Greek Orthodox community does not feel they enjoy full freedoms as Turkish citizens and feel they are treated as “second-class citizens.”

“[The Turkish government] would be happy to see the patriarchate extinguished or moving abroad, but our belief is that it will never happen,” Bartholomew said. “I have visited the prime minister, many ministers, submitting our problems … asking [them] to help us,” he told the program.

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