Turkey's Religious Tolerance: After 88 Years, Christians are Allowed to Worship at Sumela Monastery

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Orthodox Christians from Russian Federation, Greece, Georgia and the U.S. poured in Trabzon, a Turkish city by the Black Sea Coast, for an historic mass at the Sumela Monastery which was closed to worship for 88 years.

Good Dhimmi: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew said Turkey’s courtesy, allowing Orthodox Christians to hold a historic mass at Sumela, was a praiseworthy act for Christians.

“We owe this day of worship to our government which was kind enough to grant us the permission. We are most thankful as this day is sacred for not only believers in Black Sea but for all Orthodox and Christian world as its the Assumption Day of Mother Mary. We are blessed to celebrate this day here in Sumela.

First it is a grace of God then it is a grace of government,” said the Patriarch.  (Turkey, World Bulletin)

2 thoughts on “Turkey's Religious Tolerance: After 88 Years, Christians are Allowed to Worship at Sumela Monastery”

  1. * After 88 Years, Christians are Allowed to Worship at Sumela Monastery

    For one day a year, as a demonstration of Turkish tolerance in its bid for EU membership.

  2. And they grovel, un-ironically. Whereas muslims, no matter where they go, see the guest country’s building of mosques as just their due.

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