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Ottoman-era synagogue in Istanbul reopens with Teffila

Ottoman-era synagogue in Istanbul reopens with Teffila

An historic synagogue in Istanbul has reopened with a morning prayer performed for the first time in 65 years – another significant step for Turkey’s Jewish community

Comment(s)1/8/2016

Christmas Eve celebrated across Turkey

Christmas Eve celebrated across Turkey

The holy night of Christmas was celebrated across Turkey late Dec. 24, gathering people of all religions and cultures visiting from around the world

Comment(s)12/25/2015

Alevis file legal complaint against Diyanet head

Alevis file legal complaint against Diyanet head

Executives and representatives of Alevi associations in Turkey have submitted a legal complaint against the head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) for his recent remarks on not seeing cemevis, the Alevi places of worship, as equal to mosques

Comment(s)1/7/2016

Pope tells Church to embrace modern world as he embraces history

Pope tells Church to embrace modern world as he embraces history

Pope Francis on Dec. 8 launched an extraordinary Catholic Jubilee year by opening a "Holy Door" in the walls of St Peter's, embracing a 700-year-old tradition while urging the Church to reach out and embrace the modern world with mercy

Comment(s)12/8/2015

Istanbul Greeks celebrate Orthodox feast with Golden Horn cross-retrieving

Istanbul Greeks celebrate Orthodox feast with Golden Horn cross-retrieving

A bitterly cold Jan. 6 morning saw the return of one of Istanbul’s oldest - and most demanding - religious traditions, as dozens of Greek Orthodox Christians swam frantically to retrieve a cross thrown into the Golden Horn

Comment(s)1/6/2016

Battle of Karbala marked by Caferis in Turkey

Battle of Karbala marked by Caferis in Turkey

Shiite Muslims in Turkey commemorated on Oct. 23 the Battle of Karbala, a bloody clash that took place more than 1,000 years ago in Karbala, located in present-day Iraq.

Comment(s)10/23/2015

Turkey’s religious body says engaged couples should not hold hands

Turkey’s religious body says engaged couples should not hold hands

The Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), Turkey’s top religious body, has stated that engaged couples should not hold hands or spend time alone together during their engagement period

Comment(s)1/4/2016

Historic chapel opened to worship in Didim

Historic chapel opened to worship in Didim

A 300-year-old chapel located near the famous Apollon Temple in the western province of Aydın’s Didim district has been opened to worship.

Comment(s)10/5/2015

Legal status to Alevi worship houses a ‘red line,’ says Turkey’s religious body head

Legal status to Alevi worship houses a ‘red line,’ says Turkey’s religious body head

Granting a legal status to Alevi worship houses, known as cemevis, is a “red line” for Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), its head Mehmet Görmez has said

Comment(s)1/3/2016

Pope defends marriage, hetero couples after gay priest

Pope defends marriage, hetero couples after gay priest

Pope Francis defended Oct. 4 marriage and heterosexual couples as he opened a synod on the family overshadowed by a challenge to Vatican orthodoxy by a gay priest.

Comment(s)10/4/2015

Visitors ask Virgin Mary to bring car

Visitors ask Virgin Mary to bring car

The wishing walls of the house of the Virgin Mary in İzmir’s Selçuk district are full of interesting wishes, such as a car that doesn’t overheat and has good handling, as well as other wishes reflecting those of society for peace, wealth and happiness

Comment(s)12/29/2015

Govt workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: Pope

Govt workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: Pope

Pope Francis said Sept. 28 government officials have a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience

Comment(s)9/28/2015

Turkey’s top cleric to attend int’l conference in Tehran

Turkey’s top cleric to attend int’l conference in Tehran

Turkey’s top cleric is set to attend the International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran next week, where this year’s theme will be “The Muslim World’s Current Crises”

Comment(s)12/25/2015

Sufi Muslim exhibition launched in US

Sufi Muslim exhibition launched in US

A vast collection of antique objects used in Sufi Muslim dervish convents has been launched as an exhibit at the Turkish American Cultural Center in the state of Maryland, near Washington D.C.

Comment(s)9/22/2015

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