The Greek Orthodox Patriarch condemns the burning of the Holy Qur’an


The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Istanbul, Bartholomews, strongly condemned the burning and tearing of the Holy Qur’an in Sweden and the Netherlands.

According to information from the Patriarchate, Bartholomews sent a message of solidarity and condemnation of the attacks to the Turkish head of religious affairs, Ali Erbaş, following the two provocative incidents in the Netherlands and Sweden.

Bartholomew stressed the necessity of punishing the state and the law with the harshest penalties for those who practice such acts that target religions and sanctities.


The Patriarch called for cooperation between religious leaders to stand against such actions.

Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands have recently witnessed the burning of copies of the Holy Quran by extreme right-wing personalities, led by the leader of the Danish extremist “hard line” party, Rasmus Paludan.