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The Halki Seminary, which once flourished as a school for Orthodox clergy, has been closed since 1971. Now, according to the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, there is a possibility the facility may open again.

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“There are some legal obstacles in front of us. We will overcome them. This is not something we can grant. We need to do what the law requires us to do,” (Deputy PM Bülent Arınç) said during his visit to Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world. Arınç, however, did not specify what these obstacles are, though he did say some of them stem from international agreements and some are related to domestic matters.

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Re: Halki Seminary to reopen? Deputy PM of Turkey says it may be possible
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2011, 10:05:38 PM »
I'm not convinced; this has been part of the rhetorical wheel from Ankara for years, present (shocking!) developments notwithstanding (i.e. giving deed to the Patriarchate, thereby de facto treating them as if they are a formal organization/institution).
"If you are going to serve the Lord, be prepared for times when you will be put to the test. Be sincere and determined. Keep calm when trouble comes. Stay with the Lord; never abandon Him and you will be prosperous at the end of your days. Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient. Gold is tested by fire and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation. Trust the Lord and He will help you. Walk straight in His ways and put your hope in Him. " Sir 2:1-6