“This is a great opportunity for Turkey”—Abp. Elpidophoros on his role as head of Greek Archdiocese (2019)

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

June 14, 2019

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In June 2019, the Turkish outlet Hurriyet Daily News published an article about Archbishop Elpidophoros, then newly elected as the head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. In his comments to the outlet, Abp. Elpidophoros noted the benefits he can bring to Turkey in his new position, as well as the GOA’s ties to the U.S. government.—O.C.

“It is the first time in history that a Turkish citizen is chosen as the archbishop of the United States. This has a significant importance for Turkey because the archbishop of the U.S. is the religious leader of all the Greek foundations in the United States. It means he also has a political impact. Therefore this is a great opportunity for Turkey because someone who knows Turkey, who understands Turkey and who speaks Turkish is going to lead the Greek congregation in the U.S., the importance of this, is so obvious,” Lambriniadis told daily Hürriyet in a recent interview.

… “The archbishopric in the U.S. has an open line with the White House constantly. The U.S. government has many times expressed the problems of the Fener Greek Patriarchate in Istanbul in its human rights reports. Starting from the issue of the closed Halki Seminary in Heybeliada, it is not easy to find solutions to these problems in Ankara or Athens. However, there is a much higher possibility of finding a solution to these kind of problems by sitting around the same table in Washington. Especially re-opening the Halki Seminary in Heybeliada would have a very positive impact on U.S.-Turkey relations,” he added.

… Read the rest at Hurriyet Daily News.

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