Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Meets with Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
The two leaders discussed working together to improve the relationship between the Turkish government and the Eastern Orthodox Church and to reclaim long-confiscated Church lands, some of which have already been returned.
He also thanked Congresswoman Maloney again for her leadership in the successful effort to bestow a Congressional Gold Medal on His Holiness.
“It was a great honor to meet with such a beloved spiritual leader. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is a guide for so many in the communities I am proud to represent, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with him in person,” Congresswoman Maloney said. “I was particularly pleased to discuss ways that I can continue to serve members of the Eastern Orthodox community, including efforts to urge the Turkish Government to return confiscated Church property,” she said.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is one of the world's preeminent spiritual leaders and peacemakers, representing more than 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.
The founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney introduced a House Resolution (H. Res 180) in March that calls on Turkey to respect the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Congresswoman Maloney was also a co-sponsor of Public Law 105-51, which authorized the naming of Patriarch Bartholomew as a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian award, in 1997.
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