» 02/28/2008, 00.00
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Ankara approves a new law for non-Muslim religious foundations
The norm eliminates an historical situation of injustice according to which some Turkish citizens were treated differently from others. Now religious foundations can accept new donations, and proceed with the purchase of new properties.
Ankara is dragging its feet on new religious property legislation despite EU demands
The state of freedom of religion in Turkey is the real issue, says a human rights expert. Other points are minor by comparison.
Army followed and recorded movements of Christian missionaries in Turkey
The revelations, made by a newspaper, highlight the reports by military agents on the activities of all the Christian Churches. Meanwhile, there is tension over the visit to prison by the head of the military district of Koaceli, to the generals detained over the Ergenekon affair.
Turkey prepares to join EU in a building confiscated from the Orthodox
The new headquarters of the Secretariat for entry into the European Union is an old school of the minority Orthodox in Ortakoy, seized in '90. Embarrassment of Erdogan government and Europe.
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The Patriarch Bechara Rai in Antioch for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul
He will celebrate the Mass of June 29 in a rock-hewn church that according to tradition was used by St. Peter. The trip serves to strengthen interfaith relations. The Maronite Church is hoping that the Turkish government will return some properties confiscated at the time of "secularism to the bitter end."
New directive from Hanoi on Church property: nothing will be given back
A norm, with obscure provisions, affirms that the use of ecclesiastical property granted by the state to "organizations" must respect the purpose of this property, and not offend the sentiments of the faithful. Who will be harshly punished if they protest.
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