Archons Conference on Religious Freedom

Archbishop Demetrios of America. Photo: TNH File

Archons Conference on Religious Freedom

BERLIN –  The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate hosted the 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom December 4-5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

The conference was held at the historic Adlon Hotel and was presented in cooperation with the Patriarchal Liaison Office to the European Union and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Germany.

Apropos of the conference taking place in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate, the theme was, “Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey.”

According to a press release “The Conference focused on religious freedom issues affecting minorities in Turkey stressing the concepts of equality, state neutrality and pluralism as they relate to religious freedom and the status of religious freedom under Turkey’s current and proposed new constitutions.”

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Hillary Clinton addressed the participants by video.

His All Holiness stated said to the Conference participants:

“Ultimately, our struggle for religious freedom and our respect for the conscience of every human being are proof of the triumph of love over hatred, of unity over division, and of compassion over the numbing sensation of indifference that is rooted in contemporary materialism. True freedom of conscience is based on the conviction that our relationship with “the other” is not separate from but integrally related to our relationship with ourselves. After all, again in the words of St. Paul, “we are all members of one body.”(Romans 12.5)”





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  1. I wish our patriarch REALLY believed what he said and acted accordingly! There has been no respect for me who served our Orthodox Church faithfully for 48 years honestly and faithfully! I lost my presvitera to cancer and contracted a second marriage because i wanted to live an honest life.They applied some canons who have been proven to be the result of forgery by our church historians and deprived me of my active priesthood.While the patriarch and other hierarchs violate REAL Canons, causing divisions in the Orthodox Church, they insist finding easy targets on people like me. I AM THE VICTIM OF FORGERY and have no advocate to appeal my case. My repeated pleas have gone unanswered for more than two years now! Who can rescue me from my predicament?

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