Turkey Offers Citizenship to Orthodox Bishops

Turkey has made a remarkable policy change by offering citizenship to Orthodox bishops not born in Turkey. Among the many crises the Ecumenical Patriarchate faces, one of them is the decreasing number of Turkish-born candidates for the position of Patriarch. Turkey requires that the Ecumenical Patriarch be a Turkish citizen, which up until now more or less meant that he had to have been Turkish-born.

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