August 15, 2010

THE REFORMATION ROLLS ON:

Turkey: patriarch holds historic Mass (AP, 8/15/10)

Orthodox Christians are holding a rare Mass at an ancient monastery in Turkey after the government allowed worship there once a year in a gradual loosening of restrictions on religious expression.

Sunday’s service at the Byzantine-era monastery of Sumela near the Black Sea is being led by Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians. Pilgrims from Greece, Russia and other countries traveled to the monastery, which is built into the side of a mountain.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 15, 2010 7:37 AM
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