Author Archives: Ara Khachatourian

A scene from Wednesday's Clerical Council meeting, which elected a Locum Tenens

Tensions Escalate at Istanbul Patriarchate as Ateshian Refuses to Step Down

Tensions Escalate at Istanbul Patriarchate as Ateshian Refuses to Step Down

The refusal by the Patriarchate’s Vicar General Archbishop Aram Ateshian to step down following Wednesday’s election of a Locum Tenens and his apparent collusion with the Istanbul Governor’s office have escalated tensions within the Patriarchate.

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