Ecumenical News International News Highlights
24 January 2008
Polish Orthodox church leader decries TV 'discrimination'
Warsaw (ENI). The head of Poland's minority Orthodox church has accused State-run television of "insults and discrimination" by giving only low-key coverage to the Orthodox Christmas which was celebrated in early January.
Orthodox Metropolitan Sawa said in a letter to Andrzej Urbanski, the chairperson of Polish television, that a shortened version of the Christmas service had been broadcast on 9 January at 7.20 a.m, when most Orthodox Christians were leaving for work or school. "Such actions by Polish television cannot be a matter of chance," the 69-year old church leader said in the 10 January letter in which he questioned the sense of broadcasting a
45-minute transmission of the 7-8 January Christmas celebration on a normal working day, almost two weeks after Roman Catholics celebrated the birth of
Jesus. [361 words, ENI-08-0065]
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