» 10/16/2010, 00.00
VATICAN - TURKEY
Mgr Franceschini: ultranationalist and religious fanatics behind Bishop Padovese's murder
The successor to the bishop Anatolia demands an end to the "intolerable rumors circulated by the very instigators of the crime, alleging the homosexuality of the martyr”. An urgent request for pastors, missionary personnel and economic aid for the Church in Turkey.
03/06/2010 TURKEY – VATICAN
Mgr Luigi Padovese assassinated in southern Turkey
An aide stabbed the prelate to death. A pastor closely involved in ecumenical work and in the dialogue with Islam, he was getting ready to travel to Cyprus to meet the Pope. After Fr Andrea Santoro was killed, he spoke about the slain priest. The director of the Holy See Press Office comments the event.
10/06/2010 TURKEY - VATICAN
Archbishop of Smyrna: The martyrdom of bishop Padovese we want the truth and not "pious lies"
Archbishop Ruggero Franceschini is in Italy to attend the funeral of Msgr. Luigi Padovese in Milan. He confirms the death by Islamic ritual of the Vicar of Anatolia. He also confirms the sanity of the assassin, he has known him for a long time. A murder planned and studied in detail by subversive groups, who want to keep Turkey from Europe. The plea for help of the universal Church and Rome.
05/10/2011 TURKEY – VATICAN
Trial of Mgr Padovese’s murder begins
The trial opened today. Its first hearing ended after 20 minutes, adjourned to next November. Murat Altun’s family comforted him, saying, “God is with you.” The accused said he felt ill; his lawyer asked for his hospitalisation. The judge refused.
01/12/2011 TURKEY – VATICAN
Second hearing in the trial of Mgr Padovese’s murderer ends after four minutes
Murat Altun says he is sick. Judge suspends trial held in Iskenderun until 22 February 2012. Speaking to AsiaNews, sources say that claims of illness might be part of a strategy to demand a mental assessment of the accused, who was originally found fit to stand trial. Turkish Catholics are now waiting for the Vatican to appoint a new bishop to fill the void left by mgr Padovese’s death.
07/06/2010 TURKEY - VATICAN
In memory of Mgr. Padovese, martyr who loved Turkey
A portrait of the bishop slain June 3, his brotherly kindness with Christians and Muslims, his tenacity to revive the churches founded by St. Paul. A meditation by an assistant of Mgr. Padovese.
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