Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Turkey urging China to close mass detention camps Comments 0

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Turkey is urging China to close mass detention camps estimated to hold 1 million people. Turkey, which is a majority-Muslim country, says China’s mass repression of its Uighur Muslim ethnic minority is a “great shame for humanity”. Read more Related Posts:Vatican mishandling ChinaEight priests, nuns and teachers expelled from MyanmarHow Xi Jinping is attacking religion Read more

Pope meets Turkish President amidst protest Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Pope Francis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met privately on Monday at the Vatican. This is the first visit by a Turkish head of state to the Vatican in 59 years. Erdoğan was returning a visit Francis made to Turkey in 2014. Vatican sources say that at the meeting Francis and Erdoğan discussed “bilateral Read more

Believe it or not – Santa’s grave has been found Comments 0

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Santa’s not someone (perhaps something) many of us believe in for long once we start school. There’s always someone to put you right about the magical appearance of sweet-and-toy filled socks. Yet Santa Claus was a real person who is otherwise known as St Nicholas. Revered for his gift-giving and aid to the poor, the Read more

Armenian genocide film and the Turkish backlash Comments 0

Monday, May 1st, 2017

The Promise, the grandest big-screen portrayal ever made about the mass killings of Armenians during World War I, has been rated by more than 111,300 people on IMDb — a remarkable total considering it doesn’t open in theatres until Friday and has thus far been screened only a handful of times publicly. The passionate reaction is Read more

Migrants paying the price in Europe says Caritas Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Migrants are paying a heavy price in Europe because of an agreement made a year ago between the European Union (EU) and Turkey, says Caritas The agreement aimed to stem the flow of migrants and refugees seeking protection in Europe. Caritas says the agreement has left thousands of vulnerable people stranded in degrading conditions in Read more

Turkish shepherd family protects Greek Orthodox Church for decades Comments 0

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

A Turkish shepherd and his family’s protection of a Greek Orthodox church is saving it from looting and the weather. The church in northern Turkey’s Giresun province used to serve a large community. It was abandoned following the population exchange between Greece and Turkey. The exchange involved about two million people (around 1.3 million Anatolian Read more

Pope says ‘genocide’, Turkey says ‘crusader’ Comments 1

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Turkey’s deputy prime minister says Pope Francis reflects a “crusader mentality” for once again using the word “genocide” about a 1915 massacre in Armenia. During a visit to Armenia, Francis used the word in a speech. Francis departed from a carefully prepared text to use the word. As the prepared text indicated, Francis first referred Read more

The Armenian genocide and the message of an Armenian saint Comments 0

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

This Sunday Armenians and people of good will around the world will commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. A century ago millions of men, women and children – including Assyrians and Greeks – were brutally tortured and exterminated upon the direct order and plan of the Ottoman Turkish government, thereby emptying the region of Read more

Pope Francis prays for victims of Istanbul bombing Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Pope Francis expressed “prayerful solidarity” with victims of the suicide bombing in Istanbul on Saturday. “[Pope Francis grieved] to learn of the casualties caused by the bombing in Istanbul … and he expresses his prayerful solidarity with all touched by this tragedy,” read a telegram to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Read more

Turkey’s new neighbour – DAESH (Islamic State) Comments 0

Friday, December 18th, 2015

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey must feel like a chess grand master playing several games simultaneously. He has far more neighbours and different cultures to contend with than most leaders: eight in all. They are a mixed bag across more than 2600 kms of borders – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Armenia, an Azerbaijan enclave, Georgia, Bulgaria Read more