BERLIN, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced today that Dr. Mehmet Pacaci will address the 2nd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:15am at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Pacaci is the Director General of Foreign Affairs for Diyanet Isleri Baskanligi (Presidency of Religious Affairs) for the Republic of Turkey, usually referred to as Diyanet.
In Turkey, the Presidency of Religious Affairs is an official institution established in 1924. It was founded by the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as a successor to Seyhulislam, which functioned during the Caliphate. It is legally authorized to "execute the works concerning the beliefs, worship, and ethics of Islam, enlighten the public about their religion, and administer the sacred worshipping places."
Commenting on the participation of Dr. Pacaci, Archon Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis said, "The participation of Dr. Pacaci bodes well for the Conference, inasmuch as he represents the overwhelming religious majority in Turkey. The fact that he is listening is significant for all the minorities, but we are also looking for our dialogue to produce effective and hopeful results."
Pacaci will join former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will address the Conference via video, along with 35 other world-renowned speakers and panelists from the interfaith, diplomatic, journalistic, legal and academic communities.
The theme of the Conference is Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey. The focus will be on religious freedom issues affecting minorities in Turkey stressing the concepts of equality, state neutrality and pluralism as they relate to religious freedom and the status of religious freedom under Turkey's current and proposed new constitutions.
For more information on the conference, the Archons and to view a complete list of speaker and panelist bios, please visit http://conference.archons.org
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SOURCE The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle