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Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins today

Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins today

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on June 6 with Muslims in Turkey set to practice fasting, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, until July 4

Comment(s)6/5/2016

Turkey’s verdict more eminent than ECHR’s verdict on Alevis’ rights, says top cleric

Turkey’s verdict more eminent than ECHR’s verdict on Alevis’ rights, says top cleric

According to Görmez, the Turkish nation’s verdict has precedence over a verdict by ECHR, which recently found Turkey guilty of violating Alevis’ right to religious freedom and discrimination by withholding public funds for Alevi worship houses

Comment(s)4/29/2016

Swedish nurse who saved Jews is made a saint

Swedish nurse who saved Jews is made a saint

A Swedish nurse who converted to Catholicism and helped dozens of Jews during the Holocaust was made a saint on June 5, Sweden's first in six centuries

Comment(s)6/5/2016

Pope reaches out to divorcees but holds line on homosexuality

Pope reaches out to divorcees but holds line on homosexuality

Pope Francis on April 8 opted for no change in the Catholic approach to homosexuality but signalled a more open stance on cohabiting and divorced believers under new Church guidelines on family life

Comment(s)4/8/2016

Joint Islamic calendar agreed in Istanbul meet

Joint Islamic calendar agreed in Istanbul meet

Muslim clerics from across the world agreed a unified Islamic calendar on May 30 to determine religious days and festivals. Representatives from around 50 countries including Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt and the U.S. agreed the proposal at a conference in Istanbul

Comment(s)5/30/2016

Pope Francis blesses eyes of 5-year-old girl going blind

Pope Francis blesses eyes of 5-year-old girl going blind

Pope Francis on April 6 blessed the eyes of a 5-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight

Comment(s)4/6/2016

First church of Republican era to be built for Istanbul’s Syriacs

First church of Republican era to be built for Istanbul’s Syriacs

Turkish authorities have granted permission for the construction of a new church for the Syriac community in Istanbul, making it the first new Syriac church to be built since the foundation of the Republic of Turkey

Comment(s)5/19/2016

Easter celebrated across Turkey amid tight security measures

Easter celebrated across Turkey amid tight security measures

Turkey’s Catholic, Armenian and Protestant communities celebrated Easter Sunday in various cities across the country on March 27, amid tight security measures taken by the police against possible attacks against the religious minority groups

Comment(s)3/27/2016

Rock-carved church opens in Giresun

Rock-carved church opens in Giresun

The Virgin Mary Church, estimated to date back to the 4th century in the Black Sea province of Giresun, has been opened to visitors after a restoration process

Comment(s)5/18/2016

Use ‘weapons of love’ to fight evil of terrorism, pope says on Easter

Use ‘weapons of love’ to fight evil of terrorism, pope says on Easter

Pope Francis urged the world in his Easter message on March 27 to use the “weapons of love” to combat the evil of “blind and brutal violence,” following the attacks in Brussels

Comment(s)3/27/2016

Turkey’s ruling party sends Roma group on Umrah pilgrimage

Turkey’s ruling party sends Roma group on Umrah pilgrimage

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sent a group of Roma citizens to Saudi Arabia in order to perform the Umrah pilgrimage, with a senior party executive saying they wanted to raise “awareness” about the presence of Roma people in the country through the initiative

Comment(s)5/12/2016

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers’

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers’

Pope Francis has washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees, declaring them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has spiked following the Brussels attacks

Comment(s)3/25/2016

Christians gather in Turkey’s Ephesus to mark Feast of Saint John

Christians gather in Turkey’s Ephesus to mark Feast of Saint John

Fener Rum Patriarch Bartholomew led a religious ceremony on May 8 at the ancient site of Ephesus in the Selçuk district of Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir, marking the death of St. John the Apostle

Comment(s)5/9/2016

Don't turn backs on refugees, pope says at Palm Sunday service

Don't turn backs on refugees, pope says at Palm Sunday service

Pope Francis, leading the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday services leading up to Easter, on Sunday criticised those who he said were washing their hands of the fate of desperate refugees

Comment(s)3/20/2016

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