Turkey
Three years after a Syrian Orthodox foundation applied to build a church in Istanbul, the Greater Istanbul Municipality has granted them a large plot of land and a building permit.   Banner headlines in the Turkish media praised the ....
A High Council prosecutor probing links between the Malatya murders of three Christians in eastern Turkey and the earlier assassination of a Christian newspaper editor was abruptly transferred from his position last week and re-assigned prosecution ....
Nineteen suspects accused of inciting the brutal 2007 murders of three Christians in eastern Turkey went on trial before Malatya’s Third Criminal Court in early September.   With the court’s acceptance in June of a third indictment in the ....
After a memorial service for three Christians who were murdered in Malatya, Turkey five years ago today, an Istanbul pastor who was attacked over Easter weekend said he’s experienced hostility from Muslims nearly all his life.   Semir Serkek, ....
Sentiment against Christians in Turkey has persisted long enough for a U.S. religious rights monitor to recommend it as a “Country of Particular Concern,” and pastor Orhan Picaklar knows such anti-Christian hostility first-hand. Picaklar, of Agape ....
Judges in Turkey’s southeastern city of Malatya have announced the preparation of an indictment in the case of three murdered Christians that is expected to reveal a shadowy network that incited five young men to carry out the crime. The Third ....
In an unprecedented meeting, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Turkey last week expressed his concerns and hopes for the country’s Christian minority to members of the Turkish Parliament. The visit took place in Ankara after Speaker of the ....
Despite some promising developments, Christians in Turkey continue to suffer attacks from private citizens, discrimination by lower-level government officials and vilification in both school textbooks and news media, according to a study by a ....
A large-scale Al Qaeda plot to bomb “all the churches in Ankara,” as well as the Turkish Parliament and U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital, was made public today. In an exclusive splashed across the front page of the daily Taraf newspaper, ....
Just hours before a deadly 7.2 earthquake struck Turkey’s southeast on Oct. 23, well over 3,000 visitors crowded into an ancient Armenian cathedral in nearby Diyarbakir for Sunday mass.   The mass was the first worship service in decades in ....
The Turkish government made a historic U-turn in state policy this past weekend, issuing an official decree inviting Turkey’s Christian and Jewish communities to reclaim their long-confiscated religious properties. Saturday’s (Aug. 27) decree comes ....
In simultaneous operations in nine different provinces of Turkey, authorities yesterday arrested 20 people suspected of playing a role in the murder of three Christians in Malatya in 2007, according to local news reports. Zekeriya Oz, chief ....
Though the horrific scale of the 2007 Malatya murders has not been repeated in Turkey’s Protestant church, a recent report shows harassment continues to be a daily problem for the country’s Christians and churches.   Discrimination, slander ....
Attorneys prosecuting the murder of three Christians in southeastern Turkey are making progress linking the knifemen who slayed them to the masterminds who put them up to it, an attorney representing the family of one of the victims said Friday ....
A court in southeast Turkey on Friday (Oct. 15) ordered the arrest of a suspected “middleman” linking the murder of three Christian men to alleged high-level masterminds. The arrest order came after the testimonies of a former prison inmate and an ....
After four years of legal battle in a Turkish court, a judge acquitted two Christians of insulting Turkey and its people by spreading Christianity, but not without slapping them with a hefty fine for a spurious charge. Four years ago this month, ....
Christians across the Middle East said they will be the ones to suffer if a group of anti-Islamic protestors in the United States goes through with its plans to publicly tear up or otherwise desecrate the Quran.   They roundly condemned ....
The 11th hearing of a case of two Turkish Christians accused of "insulting Turkishness" closed just minutes after it opened this week, due to lack of any progress.   Prosecutors produced no new evidence against Hakan Tastan and Turan ....
On the eve of three-year commemorations of the murders of three Christians in southeast Turkey, defense lawyers’ absence and new evidence kept a Malatya court from concluding the case here on Thursday (April 15).   Two defense lawyers ....
On Friday (Feb. 19) judges eager to wrap up the trial over the murder of three Christians here rejected plaintiff appeals to investigate the suspected masterminds behind the stabbing deaths. At the 24th hearing regarding the 2007 murders of Turkish ....
Barely five minutes into the latest hearing of a more than three-year-old case against two Christians accused of “insulting Turkishness and Islam,” the session was over.The prosecution had failed to produce their three final witnesses to testify ....
An Istanbul court has ordered the release of a jailed Turk who publicly threatened and held a knife to the throat of a Christian he attacked six months ago. In a ruling on Wednesday (Feb. 10), the Kadikoy Seventh Court of First Instance convicted ....
A European court on Tuesday (Feb. 2) ordered Turkey to remove the religious affiliation section from citizens’ identification cards, calling the practice a violation of human rights. Religious minorities and in particular Christian converts in ....
Malatya’s Third Criminal Court on Friday (Dec. 25) took further steps to connect the murders of three Christians in southeastern Turkey to a Turkish military plan to destabilize the pro-Islamic government.   Evidence surfaced in Turkish ....
In a decision many hope will lead to greater religious freedom in Turkey, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found that a Turkish court ruling barring a church from starting a foundation violated the congregation’s right to freedom of ....
ISTANBUL, December 16 (Compass Direct News) – Chilling allegations emerged last month of a detailed plot by Turkish naval officers to perpetrate threats and violence against the nation’s non-Muslims in an effort to implicate and unseat Turkey’s ....
In response to a Swiss vote banning the construction of new mosque minarets, a group of Muslims this month went into a church building in eastern Turkey and threatened to kill a priest unless he tore down its bell tower, according to an advocacy ....
More than half of the population of Muslim-majority Turkey opposes members of other religions holding meetings or publishing materials to explain their faith, according to a recently issued survey. Fully 59 percent of those surveyed said ....
Judges and prosecutors in the trial regarding the murder of three Christians in this southeastern city in Turkey on Friday (Nov. 13) renewed their request for help from the Istanbul High Criminal Court as reports mounted linking the slayings to top ....
The head of Turkey’s police intelligence department was removed on Friday (Oct. 16) amid allegations that he failed to prevent the murder of the Christian editor of an Armenian weekly and the slayings of three Christians in this city in southeastern ....
After three prosecution witnesses testified yesterday that they didn’t even know two Christians on trial for “insulting Turkishness and Islam,” a defense lawyer called the trial a “scandal.” Speaking after yesterday’s hearing in the drawn-out ....
Turkish murder suspect Emre Gunaydin admitted in court last week that he had again committed perjury in the trial over the savage murders of three Christians in southeast Turkey. Gunaydin, 21, faced off in Malatya’s Third Criminal Court on ....
Murder Defendant again Admits Perjury    Published in 2009
ISTANBUL, August 25 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish murder suspect Emre Gunaydin admitted in court last week that he had again committed perjury in the trial over the savage murders of three Christians in southeast Turkey. Gunaydin, 21, faced off in ....
In a bizarre show of Turkish nationalism, a young Muslim here took a Christian Turk at knife point, draped his head with the national flag and threatened to slit the throat of the “missionary dog” in broad daylight earlier this week.  Yasin ....
ISTANBUL, August 6 (Compass Direct News) – In a bizarre show of Turkish nationalism, a young Muslim here took a Christian Turk at knife point, draped his head with the national flag and threatened to slit the throat of the “missionary dog” in broad ....
On a crowded street here last week a German businessman died after a Turk with a history of mental problems stabbed him for being a Christian.  Witnesses saw İbrahim Akyol, 26, stab Gregor Kerkeling in the chest on July 20 at 10:50 a.m. after ....
ISTANBUL, July 28 (Compass Direct News) – On a crowded street here last week a German businessman died after a Turk with a history of mental problems stabbed him for being a Christian. Witnesses saw Ýbrahim Akyol, 26, stab Gregor Kerkeling in the ....
Under the pretext of recovering from medical treatment he received earlier this month, a key suspect in the murders of three Christians in southeast Turkey dodged court for the second time, further stalling the legal process, prosecuting attorneys ....
MALATYA, Turkey, July 21 (Compass Direct News) – Under the pretext of recovering from medical treatment he received earlier this month, a key suspect in the murders of three Christians in southeast Turkey dodged court for the second time, further ....
A suspected “middleman” between the alleged masterminds and young executors in the stabbing murders of three Christians here failed to appear at a hearing on Friday (June 19) because of a procedural error.The state prosecutor’s office failed to set ....
MALATYA, Turkey, June 25 (Compass Direct News) – A suspected “middleman” between the alleged masterminds and young executors in the stabbing murders of three Christians here failed to appear at a hearing on Friday (June 19) because of a procedural ....
Since Iranian native Nasser Ghorbani fled to Turkey seven years ago, he has been unable to keep a job for more than a year – eventually his co-workers would ask why he didn’t come to the mosque on Fridays, and one way or another they’d learn that he ....
Iranian Refugee Beaten for His Faith    Published in 2009
ISTANBUL, June 15 (Compass Direct News) – Since Iranian native Nasser Ghorbani fled to Turkey seven years ago, he has been unable to keep a job for more than a year – eventually his co-workers would ask why he didn’t come to the mosque on Fridays, ....
Prosecution efforts to tie the murderers of three Christians here to state-linked masterminds were set back on Friday (May 22) when the alleged ring-leader unexpectedly contradicted his previous testimony implicating a suspected “middleman.” As ....
MALATYA, Turkey, May 28 (Compass Direct News) – Prosecution efforts to tie the murderers of three Christians here to state-linked masterminds were set back on Friday (May 22) when the alleged ring-leader unexpectedly contradicted his previous ....
Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel, Tilmann GeskeMALATYA, Turkey, April 15 (Compass Direct News) – Two years after the murder of three Christians in this city in southeastern Turkey, lawyers at a hearing here on Monday (April 13) uncovered important ....
Two years after the murder of three Christians in this city in southeastern Turkey, lawyers at a hearing here on Monday (April 13) uncovered important information on the role that local security forces played in the slaughter. At the 16th hearing of ....
ISTANBUL, March 27 (Compass Direct News) – Fearing that a court-ordered fine of two Turkish Christians here for “illegal collection of funds” would set a precedent crippling to churches, their lawyer plans to take the case to a European court. Hakan ....
Fearing that a court-ordered fine of two Turkish Christians here for “illegal collection of funds” would set a precedent crippling to churches, their lawyer plans to take the case to a European court. Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal each paid the fine ....
Turkey’s decision last month to try two Christians under a revised version of a controversial law for “insulting Turkishness” because they spoke about their faith came as a blow to the country’s record of freedom of speech and religion. A Silivri ....
Turan Topal and Hakan TastanISTANBUL, March 20 (Compass Direct News) – Turkey’s decision last month to try two Christians under a revised version of a controversial law for “insulting Turkishness” because they spoke about their faith came as a blow ....
The identities of the middlemen linking the attackers and the alleged masterminds in the murder of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey are expected to take clearer focus following the latest hearing. “These five troubled youths didn’t wake up one ....
ISTANBUL, February 24 (Compass Direct News) – The identities of the middlemen linking the attackers and the alleged masterminds in the murder of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey are expected to take clearer focus following the latest hearing. ....
Christian Bookshop in Adana Vandalized    Published in 2009
Following threats from Muslim nationalists, a Turkish Bible Society bookshop in the southern city of Adana was vandalized for the second time in a week on Thursday (Feb. 12).Security camera footage shows two youths attacking the storefront of the ....
Christian Bookshop in Adana Vandalized    Published in 2009
ISTANBUL, February 17 (Compass Direct News) – Following threats from Muslim nationalists, a Turkish Bible Society bookshop in the southern city of Adana was vandalized for the second time in a week on Thursday (Feb. 12). Security camera footage ....
Two More Arrested in Malatya Murders    Published in 2009
ISTANBUL, February 12 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish court has charged two more men for instigating the murder of three Christians in Malatya in 2007 – a former volunteer worker at the Christian publishing house where they were killed, and ....
Two More Arrested in Malatya Murders    Published in 2009
A Turkish court has charged two more men for instigating the murder of three Christians in Malatya in 2007 – a former volunteer worker at the Christian publishing house where they were killed, and an ex-journalist suspected of ties to a group that ....
Ancient Monastery Threatened    Published in 2009
ISTANBUL, January 22 (Compass Direct News) – Syriac Christians in southeastern Turkey say a land dispute over the historic Mor Gabriel Monastery is part of a larger system of discrimination against the religious minority in this overwhelmingly ....
Ancient Monastery Threatened    Published in 2009
Syriac Christians in southeastern Turkey say a land dispute over the historic Mor Gabriel Monastery is part of a larger system of discrimination against the religious minority in this overwhelmingly Islamic country. Muslim residents of southeastern ....
MALATYA, Turkey, January 20 (Compass Direct News) – Lawyers in the case of three Christians who were murdered for their faith here are lining up witnesses in an effort to expand the accused from five young suspects to subversive forces at the top of ....
Lawyers in the case of three Christians who were murdered for their faith here are lining up witnesses in an effort to expand the accused from five young suspects to subversive forces at the top of state power. Evidence in recent hearings suggests ....
A judge in Turkey sentenced a 19-year-old Muslim to four-and-a-half years in prison on Jan. 5 for stabbing a Catholic priest in the coastal city of Izmir in December 2007. Ramazan Bay, then 17, had met with Father Adriano Franchini, a 65-year-old ....
ISTANBUL, January 12 (Compass Direct News) – A judge in Turkey sentenced a 19-year-old Muslim to four-and-a-half years in prison on Jan. 5 for stabbing a Catholic priest in the coastal city of Izmir in December 2007. Ramazan Bay, then 17, had met ....
Regulations Hobble Protestant Churches    Published in 2008
ISTANBUL, December 15 (Compass Direct News) – In the city of Samsun on the north coast of Turkey, the beleaguered congregation of the Agape Church Association struggles against local Islamic hostility toward its presence. In the last three years ....
ISTANBUL, November 25 (Compass Direct News) – Last week’s court hearing on the bloody murder of three Christians in Turkey’s southeastern city of Malatya paved the way for further investigations into the connection between the five defendants and ....
ISTANBUL, November 12 (Compass Direct News) – Two years into a trial for “insulting Turkishness” that has been light on evidence and heavy on mud-slinging at Turkey’s Protestant community, a court proceeding last week brought no progress. Another ....
MALATYA, Turkey, October 21 (Compass Direct News) – Lawyers and judges in the case of three Christians murdered here in April 2007 are continuing to investigate whether the attack was masterminded by troubled youths or shadowy elements of the ....
MALATYA, Turkey, September 15 (Compass Direct News) – Testimony in the murder case of three Christians here indicates the attack was premeditated for at least two suspects, despite the defense team’s insistence that the killers acted spontaneously. ....
 Lawyer Ozkan Yucel at courthouseMALATYA, Turkey, August 22 (Compass Direct News) – The five young Turkish men accused of torturing and killing three Christians in Malatya last year may have been incited by members of a vast political ....
Lawyers Ozkan Yucel and Erdal Dogan (right) outside courtroomMALATYA, Turkey, July 9 (Compass Direct News) – Despite new court testimony naming a web of ranking local officials behind the slaughter of three Christians in Malatya last year, ....
ISTANBUL, June 26 (Compass Direct News) – Twenty months after two Turkish Christians went on trial for allegedly “insulting Turkishness and Islam,” a local criminal court has requested a Justice Ministry review of one of three charges in the case. ....
MALATYA, Turkey, June 10 (Compass Direct News) – All seven suspects on trial for the brutal murder of three Christians in Turkey in April 2007 appeared in court yesterday – each one protesting his innocence and incriminating one or more of the ....
ISTANBUL, June 5 (Compass Direct News) – Testimony taken by Malatya prosecutors last week corroborates a letter e-mailed to Turkish Protestant church leaders a year ago naming alleged perpetrators behind the savage murder of three Christians in ....
Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann GeskeISTANBUL, May 14 (Compass Direct News) – All five culprits arrested last spring for the savage murder of three Christians in eastern Turkey have proclaimed their innocence, declaring they did not personally ....
Armed Men Threaten Church    Published in 2008
ISTANBUL, May 7 (Compass Direct News) – Three men, one of them armed with a gun and wearing gloves, threatened a Protestant church and its pastor in the Turkish capital city of Ankara yesterday. The culprits fled in a car before police could be ....
Susanne Geske, children at memorialISTANBUL, April 24 (Compass Direct News) – A year after the brutal martyrdom of three Christians for their faith in Malatya, Turkey’s tiny Christian community gathered quietly this past week to honor their memories ....
One Year after Murders, One Man Blamed    Published in 2008
Necati Aydin, Tilmann Geske and Ugur Yuksel MALATYA, Turkey, April 17 (Compass Direct News) – On the eve of the one-year mark of the slaughter of three Christians here, the impartiality of the judges in the case is in doubt, and the young men on ....
ISTANBUL, March 18 (Compass Direct News) – The fourth trial hearing yesterday against the murderers of three Christians in southeast Turkey was postponed for another month after court clerks failed to file a request to replace judges accused of ....
Turan Topal and Hakan TastanSILIVRI, Turkey, March 17 (Compass Direct News) – In an effort to prolong the trial of two Turkish converts to Christianity accused of “denigrating Islam and Turkishness,” three gendarme soldiers on Thursday (March 13) ....
Plaintiff lawyer Özkan Yücel SoyluMALATYA, Turkey, February 28 (Compass Direct News) – Lawyers representing the families of three Christians tortured and slaughtered with knives in eastern Turkey last April demanded this week that the three-member ....
CNNTURK interview of Geske and AydinMALATYA, Turkey, January 23 (Compass Direct News) – The first of five young Turkish Muslims on trial for torturing and killing three Christians in eastern Turkey took the witness stand last week, vigorously ....
Pastor Orhan Picaklar ISTANBUL, January 8 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish judge in the Black Sea coastal city of Samsun on Sunday (January 6) set free a minor who confessed to making telephone death threats against a pastor and his church, a day ....
ISTANBUL, January 2 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish police authorities over the weekend arrested a young suspect allegedly plotting to assassinate a Christian pastor in Antalya during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Pastor Ramazan Arkan, 30, ....
Catholic Priest Stabbed    Published in 2007
ISTANBUL, December 17 (Compass Direct News) – A 19-year-old Muslim youth stabbed an Italian priest in the stomach yesterday after Sunday services outside a Catholic church in Turkey. Father Adriano Franchini, 65, was hospitalized overnight in the ....
ISTANBUL, December 11 (Compass Direct News) – Reacting to a storm of media reporting seriously flawed conduct by state prosecutors in Malatya, the Turkish Interior Ministry last weekend opened a judicial investigation into alleged collusion of ....
Turan Topal and Hakan Tastan at courtSILIVRI, Turkey, November 30 (Compass Direct News) – Bowing to demands of prosecution lawyers, yesterday the judge presiding over a contrived case against two Turkish converts to Christianity for “insulting ....
Kidnapped Priest Freed    Published in 2007
Father Edip Daniel SavciISTANBUL, November 30 (Compass Direct News) – A Syrian Orthodox priest kidnapped in southeastern Turkey Wednesday (November 28) walked free from his captors this afternoon, a church source said. Father Edip Daniel Savci, 42, ....
Father Edip Daniel Savci                    (Photo: Gabi Afram)ISTANBUL, November 29 (Compass Direct News) – Kidnappers of a Syrian Orthodox priest ....
Observers question plaintiffs' lawyersMALATYA, Turkey, November 27 (Compass Direct News) – At the opening day trial of three Christians tortured and killed here in April, attorneys for the bereft families accused prosecutors of “sloppy” ....
Malatya Murder Trial Set to Open    Published in 2007
Necati Aydin, Tilmann Geske and Ugur Yuksel ISTANBUL, November 5 (Compass Direct News) – Malatya’s Third Criminal Court has set November 23 to open the trial of the confessed murderers of Turkish convert Christians Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and a ....
LOS ANGELES, October 5 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish Protestants have reported increasing attacks and threats in recent months despite claims by President Abdullah Gul this week that Christians in Turkey are not targeted. Believers told Compass ....
New Judge Prolongs Converts’ Trial    Published in 2007
LOS ANGELES, October 4 (Compass Direct News) – A new judge has prolonged the case of two Turkish converts to Christianity after his predecessor resigned under pressure from the plaintiffs’ ultranationalist lawyer. At a September 26 hearing, his ....
Esther, Semse and Elisha AydinISTANBUL, October 1 (Compass Direct News) – Last Sunday night on the way home from church services, a sad little voice came from the back seat of the car. “Mommy, I miss my Daddy so much. Can’t Jesus bring him back to ....
Christians Aydin, Geske and YukselISTANBUL, September 28 (Compass Direct News) – An e-mail message to several Turkish Protestant leaders in June surfaced in the Turkish press last week, revealing the names of Malatya officials alleged to have ....
Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal LOS ANGELES, September 14 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish judge announced his withdrawal this week from the case of two Christians charged with “insulting Turkishness.” Judge Neset Eren said at a hearing on Wednesday ....
Christians Face Ongoing Intimidation    Published in 2007
Arsonist Semih Sahin shooting into the airISTANBUL, September 4 (Compass Direct News) – Police in Turkey’s western city of Izmit have arrested a man who set a fire early yesterday morning at the entrance of the local Protestant church and then shot ....
Turan Topal and Hakan Tastan ISTANBUL, July 19 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish state prosecutor demanded acquittal yesterday for two Turkish Christians on trial for “insulting Turkishness” under the nation’s controversial Article 301. State ....
Hakan Tastan at Necati Aydin's funeralISTANBUL, July 3 (Compass Direct News) – In a bizarre twist in the criminal prosecution of two Turkish Christians for “insulting Turkish identity,” an administrative district authority in Istanbul has ordered ....
May 22 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish newspapers have started leaking extensive details from secret police interrogations of the last of five suspects charged with murdering three Christians in Malatya last month. In one of the most alarming ....
Four Street Evangelists Jailed    Published in 2007
David Byle ISTANBUL, April 27 (Compass Direct News) – Police jailed four Christian street evangelists in Istanbul for “missionary activity” this week, even as government officials openly defended the right of all religious groups to carry out ....
Necati Aydin, Tilman Geske & Ugur YukselISTANBUL, April 19 (Compass Direct News) – In a gruesome assault against Turkey’s tiny Christian community, five young Muslim Turks entered a Christian publishing office in the southeastern province of ....
Fr. Santoro's family and Catholic ClergyTRABZON, Turkey, February 6 (Compass Direct News) – Turkey’s Catholics extended reconciliation to this tense Black Sea city yesterday, exactly one year after a local teenager shot an Italian priest while he ....
Heightened Security at January 29 Trial ISTANBUL, January 31 (Compass Direct News) – Strict security controls surrounded the second court hearing for two Turkish Christians facing criminal charges for insulting Turkish identity under the ....
Church Vandalized, Pastor Threatened    Published in 2007
Windows destroyed by vandalsISTANBUL, January 30 (Compass Direct News) – Assailants on Turkey’s Black Sea coast vandalized a Protestant church this weekend, days after nationalists from the region murdered a well-known Armenian journalist. Attackers ....
Armenian Patriarch Mesrob IIDecember 12 (Compass Direct News) – Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer has blocked a key piece of reform legislation passed last month to broaden religious freedoms in Turkey. A staunch secularist, Sezer sent the ....
Cameramen at Press CenterDecember 8 (Compass Direct News) – Pope Benedict XVI is still soaking up the success of last week’s historic trip to Turkey, but Orthodox Christian volunteer workers say that beneath the surface of the four-day visit was a ....
Pope Benedict XVIDecember 7 (Compass Direct News) – In a year that saw eight violent attacks on Christians in Turkey and widespread uproar over a papal speech deemed derogatory to Islam, many Turkish Catholics worried that Pope Benedict XVI’s visit ....
Pope Benedict XVI in TurkeyDecember 6 (Compass Direct News) – Ankara’s top government religious official accused Pope Benedict XVI yesterday of “doing injustice to Turkey” by declaring after his historic visit to Turkey last week that the country’s ....
Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal with PressNovember 27 (Compass Direct News) – A criminal trial against two Turkish Christians accused of “insulting Turkishness” and inciting hatred against Islam grabbed national media coverage as religious tensions ....
Attackers Firebomb Protestant Church    Published in 2006
Pastor Mehmet Sahin Coban November 9 (Compass Direct News) – Unidentified assailants hurled six Molotov cocktails at a Protestant place of worship in western Turkey last Saturday (November 4), breaking windows and inflicting minor damages on the ....
Converts Charged under Speech Law    Published in 2006
Turan Topal and Hakan TastanOctober 31 (Compass Direct News) – A Turkish prosecutor slapped criminal charges against two converts to Christianity earlier this month, accusing them of “insulting Turkishness,” inciting hatred against Islam and ....
Teenager Sentenced for Murdering Priest    Published in 2006
Bishop Luigi Padovese, apostolic vicar of Anatolia October 11 (Compass Direct News) – Eight months after an Italian Catholic priest was shot to death in his church along Turkey’s Black Sea coast, the Trabzon Criminal Court yesterday sentenced his ....
July 19 (Compass Direct News) – Nationalists in Turkey’s northern city of Samsun have stepped up a two-year campaign against a Protestant church, denouncing in the media the legally registered congregation’s right to exist.Izzet Altunbas, chairman ....
Catholic Priest Knifed in North    Published in 2006
Father Pierre Brunissen July 5 (Compass Direct) – A schizophrenic with a history of feeding Turkish media false rumors of proselytizing by Father Pierre Brunissen knifed the elderly French Catholic priest on Sunday night (July 2), though the lead ....
Ismet and Gonul GunyelApril 20 (Compass Direct) – Fanned by local media and a Muslim mufti, an anti-missionary witch-hunt targeting Christians in Turkey’s eastern city of Bingol left a Muslim woman beaten in her tailor shop last month while police ....
German Christians Barred    Published in 2006
April 13 (Compass Direct) – Denied a work permit for being a “threat for the national security,” a German Christian believes that his family’s openly Christian activities prompted Turkey to label them missionaries and deny them entrance in February. ....
Vahit Yildiz (left) at Bursa bookstallMarch 17 (Compass) – In a country where media often portray the tiny Protestant community negatively, some news organizations here took notice when Muslims threatened Christians at a book fair last week. ....
St. Antoine’s Catholic ChurchMarch 16 (Compass) – A Turkish Muslim shouting insults against Christianity pulled a long butcher knife on two priests and a group of teenagers last Saturday evening (March 11) at a Latin Catholic church in Mersin, ....
Pelatre (left) and Lucibello distribute the Eucharist February 10 (Compass) – Amid global debate about cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad first printed in Denmark, Muslims and Christians came together in Istanbul yesterday for the memorial ....
Catholic Priest Gunned Down    Published in 2006
February 7 (Compass) – A 16-year-old assailant shot and killed an Italian Catholic priest in the Turkish city of Trabzon on Sunday, shouting the opening phrase of the Muslim call to prayer before he fled the scene. Father Andrea Santoro, 60, was ....
Convert Christian Beaten Unconscious    Published in 2006
Adana church January 20 (Compass) – Five young men attacked and threatened to kill a Protestant church leader in Turkey’s fourth largest city after Sunday worship services January 8. Kamil Kiroglu, 29, was beaten unconscious twice along the street ....
Yakup Cindilli in court in 2004December 19 (Compass) – For the third time in six months, Turkish Christian Yakup Cindilli in has failed to appear at court hearings against the ultra-nationalists who beat him into a coma two years ago for ....