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The targeting of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities can never be justified in the name of any religious creed or conviction, said Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
Faith leaders can show another way to war and violence, says Bartholomew, Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople.
The Archbishop of Canterbury backed reconciliation of Eastern and Western churches when he met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will travel to Istanbul on 13 January to visit Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Bartholomew I was the first Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to attend a papal installation since the great schism of 1054.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I says there must be respect for the “inherent rights of all human beings and their aspiration and rights of religious freedom."
The patriarchs of three ancient Orthodox Christian churches have met in Istanbul to discuss the situation of Christian minorities in the Middle East.
Leaders from five historic centres of Christianity in the eastern Mediterranean region have met to discuss matters of regional and global concern.
Differences over arcane church issues are preventing Orthodox churches getting together to discuss common issues and speak with one voice on major topics.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I of Constantinople has left Russia after a 10-day visit praised by his hosts for strengthening relations with the Russian Orthodox Church.