Armenian Muslims Living in Turkey are Returning to Christianity

Armenian Muslims living in Turkey – descendants of the Christians who embraced Islam – are returning to the faith of their fathers in great numbers, reports the Linga news portal.According to the famous Agos Armenian weekly newspaper published in Istanbul, the cases of conversion of Armenian Muslims to Christianity, which are becoming more frequent, indicate that they (Armenians) have preserved their ancestors’ faith deep in their memory.Specifically, it has been reported that on Saturday, May 9, clergy of the Turkish Church of St. Stephen baptized twelve Dersim Armenians. The latter, having learned about their true origin, accepted the … [Read more...]

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...]

Contemporary Orthodox Turks

A Conversation with two Orthodox Turks, Achmet and Nejla In Turkey, which is the canonical territory of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, there are very few Greek parishioners left. The Orthodox community has been supplemented to some degree by Russians who have taken up permanent residence there. However, there are also some Turks who have become Orthodox in the Patriarchate. Lately their numbers have grown. Orthodox literature is being printed for them in Turkish, and articles about the newly-converted are being published. Achmet and Nejla are two of the thousand or so Turks who have changed their faith; and unlike others, … [Read more...]