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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.
Saving the monastery of Mor Gabriel, to guarantee a multicultural Turkey
Muslim leaders are trying to destroy it, and have sued the monastery for alleged proselytism. A spiritual and cultural center for the Syriac Orthodox, it still uses ancient Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. During the 1960's, at least 130,000 Syriacs lived in Tur Abdin. Today, there are only 3,000. The minority community hopes that the European Union will come to its defense with an appeal to Ankara.
26/04/2008 TURKEY - EU
Austria reminds Ankara of the need for full religious freedom
On a visit to Turkey, the Austrian foreign minister expresses her support for the ecumenical patriarch, and her appreciation for his efforts for interreligious coexistence. She also emphasises that Turkey's membership in the EU is not a given. The roots of the reluctance of German-speaking nations over Ankara's admission.
10/07/2008 TURKEY - EU
Court of Strasbourg recognises legal status of ecumenical patriarchate and condemns Turkey
The verdict condemns the Turkish state for improperly taking over the orphanage of Buyukada, on the Marmara Sea. In its ruling is also extremely important for religious minorities on Turkish soil.
Easter among the Muslims, in the land of Saint Paul
The apostolic vicar of Anatolia recounts the meaning of Easter in the year dedicated to St. Paul. The Christian community in Turkey finds itself facing a situation like the one at the beginning of the country's evangelization. The foreign pilgrims, the fraternity between Catholics and Orthodox, amazement over the fascination with Jesus among the Muslims. A request to the Turkish government, for a church in Tarsus.
16/12/2004 Turkey EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels to decide Turkish bid to join EU
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan says Europe should prove it is not a Christian club. France is in favour of Turkey's entry because it is in its interest but demands Turkey acknowledge Armenian genocide. European bishops state that the EU is forgetting Turkish violations of religious freedom.
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