With the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate held the Second International Conference on Religious Freedom: "Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey." This extraordinary, historic and watershed event took place in Berlin, Germany, December 4 and 5, 2013.

Once again, politicians, diplomats, human rights lawyers and advocates, scholars, religious leaders, journalists and members of minority communities gathered to see how the walls of intolerance and misunderstanding can come tumbling down, and a new future for all people of goodwill can begin.

The conference was organized and hosted by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America in cooperation with the Patriarchal Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union. The coordination of the local political and church partners was undertaken by the Greek Orthodox Metropolitanate of Germany with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Augoustinos.