A Turkish citizen, who decided to be baptised Orthodox Christian, recovered the Holy Cross in the waters of the Horned Gulf in Istanbul in a ceremony presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Bless the Waters of Fanari on Epiphany.
“I am very happy”, he said in Greek, sending his wishes for a Happy New Year.
Answering in Turkish to questions made by OPEN correspondent Maria Zacharaki about how he made this decision to become an Orthodox Christian, he said:
“I felt this faith closer to me. I decided to choose a religion because it is a religion, compatible with the soil of this place and because this faith has a very deep rooted history.”