The western Turkish town of İznik (ancient Nicaea), is playing host to 15 Greek Orthodox church patriarchs from around the world at Christmas...
Patriarch Bartholomew I, also wished a happy Ramadan festival to Moslems of the world, the festivity which starts on Wednesday, December 27. The ancient city of İznik (Nicea) hosted a special mass attended by Greek Orthodox Church patriarchs from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Greek administered southern Cyprus, Poland, Albania, Slovenia, Georgia, Finland, Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Alexandria and Yugoslavia. After the mass İstanbuls Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Patriarch Bartholomew I spoke, emphasizing the importance of İznik as the place where Christian worlds last ecumenical council had convened. He added, the allocation of İzniks historical Santa Sophia Church as the venue for the special Christmas mass was a sign of Turkeys tradition of tolerance of other religions and of people, for which he thanked the Turkish government deeply. Bartholomew I wished a happy Ramadan festival to the Moslem world, saying I wish health and happiness from the almighty to all Moslems on this Ramadan festival.
The patriarchs co-celebrated a Christmas service at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George in İstanbul on Monday.
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