The investigation has left some facts in the dark. The anti-Christian climate is growing, thanks to lies spread even by newspapers. There is a clash between those fomenting Islamic nationalism and others who want to see a secular Turkey as part of Europe.
One month after the priest's murder in Trabzon, the country has all but forgotten the case. There is no news about the trial of the young killer; the only matter the national mass media persists in bringing up is the charges of proselytism against Fr Andrea. The bishop of Anatolia: this is only a pretext to feed an anti-Christian and anti-western controversy.
Bishop Padovese: "Whoever wanted to erase his physical presence does not know that now his witness is stronger."
Celebrating the funeral mass for the murdered priest, the Cardinal speaks of the necessity to "reaffirm the right to religious freedom".
This latest attack targets a Slovenian friar and comes the same day the Vatican confirms Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey, scheduled for November.
Benedict XVI prays that the sacrifice of this "silent and courageous servant of the Gospel," "contributes to the cause of dialogue between religions and peace among peoples."
"A priest sighted", was how local newspapers reported on Fr. Andrea's visits in the area. In a special report for AsiaNews, an inside look at the anti Christian climate which nurtured the murder of Fr. Andrea Santoro.
Turkey's deputy minister for religious affairs clarifies: Fr. Santoro's assassin knows nothing of true Islam. A youth is arrested as investigations continue. "Muhammad does not need to be defended above all with violence".
Fr. Santoro's assassin confesses and claims to have been provoked by the Muhammad cartoon strips.
The Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia tends to exclude motives involving criminals dealing in prostitution.
Benedict XVI sends telegrams of condolences to Cardinal Vicar Camillo Ruini and Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia.
With his death, states the Cardinal Vicar and President of the Italian Catholic bishops' Conference, "the name of yet another Roman priest is written on the long list of those who have spilled their blood to carry out the Lord's work".