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Freedom award recipient Bartholomew praises Gülen's peace efforts

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13 May 2012, Sunday /BASRI DOĞAN
Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew praised well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen for his peace efforts around the world after receiving one of the Roosevelt Institute's Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Awards.

The award ceremony for the 2012 Four Freedoms Awards was held on Saturday at the Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg, the Netherlands, with the attendance of Dutch Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Bartholomew was among the recipients of this year's Four Freedoms Awards, which are presented each year to men and women whose achievements have demonstrated a commitment to those principles which President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed in his historic speech to Congress on Jan. 6, 1941 as essential to democracy. The awards were founded to celebrate the four freedoms espoused by Roosevelt in his speech: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

During Saturday's ceremony, Bartholomew received the Freedom of Worship Award while former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva received the International Four Freedoms Award. Al Jazeera was honored with the Freedom of Speech and Expression medal, while the Freedom from Want Award was given to women's activist Ela Ramesh Bhatt of India and the Freedom from Fear Award was awarded to Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani.

Upon receiving his award, Bartholomew said he was dedicating the award to his “church, patriarchate and country.”

Speaking to Turkish media after the awards ceremony, Bartholomew said he thinks the award he received is a message of peace for Turkey and the world. “All of the recipients are working for peace and friendship. All of them contribute to peace: I as a man of religion and the other as a politician. The Indian lady is fighting poverty. I am honored to contribute to these beautiful efforts. I am thankful to the Roosevelt Institute,” he said.

The patriarch also said he attended a meeting of the Journalists and Writers' Association (GYV), of which Gülen is the honorary chairman, in İstanbul last week and stated that Gülen also contributes much to world peace. “We have been working with these friends [from the GYV] for long years. We are very close to each other as we share the same ideals: peace and unity. We appreciate their service for education. Fethullah Gülen Hocaefendi contributed and is still contributing a lot to interreligious dialogue. I met with him in Turkey and the US. We will continue to work together for world peace and our country's well-being. This is our common goal,” he said.

Stating that Gülen has been carrying out successful peace efforts, Bartholomew said he expects Gülen to return to Turkey soon. “We really love him. We hope he comes back soon,” he added.

Gülen is a Turkish Islamic scholar well known for his teachings promoting mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures. Now residing in the US, Gülen has pioneered educational activities in a number of countries, along with efforts to promote intercultural and interfaith activities around the world.

He has also written nearly 50 books in Turkish, some of which have been translated into several languages. He was most recently honored with the EastWest Institute's (EWI) 2011 EWI Peace Building Award for his contribution to world peace.

Bartholomew and Freedom of Worship Award

The Roosevelt Institute praised the Greek Orthodox patriarch for his peace-building efforts and emphasis on interreligious dialogue as it honored him with this year's Freedom of Worship Award.

“As a citizen of Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew's personal experience provides him a unique perspective on the continuing dialogue among the Christian, Islamic and Jewish worlds. He has worked to advance reconciliation among Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox communities in [the] former Yugoslavia and has been supportive of peace-building measures to diffuse global conflict in the Balkans and the Middle East,” the institute said on its website.

“He has co-sponsored international peace conferences, as well as meetings on racism and fundamentalism, bringing together Christians, Muslims and Jews for the purpose of generating greater cooperation and mutual understanding,” it added.


This article is written by one author who has his perspective, so it doesn't represents Turkey does it, so lay off Turkey bashing for one second. Moving on, I don't know what this Patriarch did so special to recieve this award, even though he does good, what has he done to change the minds of Turks ...
Why was it necessary to give more praise to Gulen in this article? Oh wait, look what newspaper I'm reading... nevermind.
@PupilSherman: a Turkish newspaper with an international audience otherwise Turkic language was enough. Or is that link too much for your brains. Anyway, the article is blameable and insulting. But for a islamic hillibiliie as you for whom analyzing is equal to cheating and lying is acceptable as l...
This is great example of Turkey's inability to praise one of its own non Muslim citizens, byt somehow they always seem to get it wrong. Just like the Akhtamr Church, for the love of humanity open the Church for service, how many Moseques have been built in Europe in past 50 years?
while informing us about who Mr Gulen is, you "forgot" to mention that your newspaper is strongly affiliated with his movement, acting as his spokesperson inside Turkey
From the article you would think that gulen won the Freedom Award, not Bartholomew. Very poorly written.
I have learned something important that two man of the religion,one is Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew another one is Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, have been praising each other for contributing peace of world. I know two man from Turkey. I love Turkey and Turkish people b...
Strange focus, maybe because it's a Turkish newspaper and they have the right to analyze things as they pertain to it?
Bartholomew received the international award, not Gulen. You know???
Partriach Bartholomew wins an international freedom award and the article talks about a Moslem scholar named Gulen? Whoever wrote this article is apparently biased against Christians, the entire focus of this article indicates that. That other article about the bias in Turkish media against non-Mosl...
Abner Doubleday
You couldn't title the article 'Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew receives prestigious 2012 Freedom Award'? And in this same newspaper edition there is an article about how non-Muslim minority groups are still the victims of lack of respect and courtesy by Turkey's news media. Here is an excellent exam...
Bartholomew receives this prestigious international award and DOGAN has to turn it into praise for GULEN? Utterly appalling.
It is because CBS news, "60-minutes" will do a critical special this Sunday on TV about Gulen and his schools in the US. It is called a preemtive strike or damage controle depending on your outlook.
Uncle Billy
not Ecumenical!!! zaman work for patriarch??
Yes you can ask your self, did Gulen received that price or Bartholomew? We all know that Zaman is owned by Gulen community but this is simple bad journalism while what Bartholomew said could have been brought more professionally. A missed chance.
Bartholomew receives a prestigious international award, but somehow the article ends up talking about Gulen instead of the award and Bartholomew. Why is that?
Strange focus
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