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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Church of the Resurrection, Pera, Istanbul, hosts ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer

The newest Diocese in Europe congregation in Turkey has taken its place as a full participant in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is an important observation for the Christians who are a small minority in the country. For many years in Istanbul, the Unity Week events have been celebrated and supported by the long-established churches in the city. This year, the Turkish speaking Anglican Church of the Resurrection, was invited to take a full part in the week's events by being the hosts for one of the evening prayer services, as well as taking part on the other nights. So on the 17th of January, Fr Engin Yildirim (above at the lectern), the priest-in-charge of the Church of the Resurrection, and members of his congregation hosted the service jointly with the Latin Catholic Church of St Pierre. It was well attended by clergy and laity from across the city, from a wide range of Christian Churches.

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