Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Turkey unhappy at Pope’s Armenian genocide comment Comments 2

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
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Turkey’s foreign ministry has protested to the Vatican after Pope Francis referred to the mass murder of Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century”. The Pope alluded briefly to the Armenian genocide during a meeting with Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni of Cilicia. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million Armenians died Read more

Why Anzac Day moves me Comments 0

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
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Dave Mollard

Anzac Day moves me. I think about the soldiers who went away as members of the British Empire and who came back as New Zealanders. I think about my Grandfather who served in Italy. I think about my shipmates I served with in the Navy and I think about the people I know who are Read more

Christian churches attacked in Turkish Cyprus Comments 0

Friday, August 24th, 2012

A total of 120 Christian churches in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus have been desecrated and transformed into storage facilities, museums or even mosques. The Archbishop of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, says artworks in the Christian churches attacked have been confiscated and sold, and Cyprian Christians have also been assaulted. He said Turkey is trying Read more

Thousands pray for Istanbul landmark to become mosque Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Thousands of devout Muslims prayed outside Turkey’s historic Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday to protest a 1934 law that bars religious services at the former church and mosque. Worshippers shouted, “Break the chains, let Hagia Sophia Mosque open,” and “God is great” before kneeling in prayer as tourists looked on Turkey’s secular laws prevent Muslims Read more

Cardinal George Pell: suffering brought our nation together Comments 1

Friday, May 11th, 2012
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When our pilgrim group of Sydney teachers was sitting in the ancient amphitheatre at Ephesus, another group of Australians started to sing Advance Australia Fair for the tourists from many nations. They were pleasantly surprised when our group joined them. Mostly young, they were on their way to Gallipoli, with many New Zealanders. Officials estimated Read more