Turkey urged to ease up on Greek Orthodox seminary
The Associated Press
Turkey's top Muslim cleric Mehmet Gormez, left, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I greet each other at the Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, July 5, 2012. Gormez has supported calls for the government to allow the reopening of a Greek Orthodox seminary during the first visit by a Turkish religious leader to the Patriarchate of Constantinople since 1923.
Mehmet Gormez said that Thursday after meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I during the first visit by a Turkish religious leader to the Istanbul-based Patriarchate since 1923.
Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, said he hopes Halki Theological School will be allowed to reopen on Heybeliada Island near Istanbul.
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