Orthodox Church in West Turkey Opens after 93 years

Miracles still happen! The church of Agios Konstantinos in the town of Menemen in Turkey’s western province of ?zmir opened on Sunday for its first service in 93 years, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Menemen mayor Tahir ?ahin among the attendees. An olive tree was planted on the grounds of the church and doves were released in a symbolic message of peace and unity during the opening ceremony, which was followed by a sermon. “I greet you all with love, with the belief that this church will add new color to Izmir’s rich culture heritage,” stated the Patriarch Bartholomew I, “I would like to thank you, the people of Menemen. You … [Read more...]