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Pope welcomes 5,000 migrants in Rome prayers

Pope welcomes 5,000 migrants in Rome prayers

Pope Francis on Jan. 17 welcomed 5,000 migrant worshippers at a special mass at St Peter's to mark the world day of migrants and refugees, urging them to treasure their "culture and precious values"

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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

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Turkey’s religious body fires officials responsible for controversial fatwa

Turkey’s religious body fires officials responsible for controversial fatwa

The Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has admitted a mistake in the controversial fatwa issued on its website last week addressing a father’s potential lust for his daughter, saying it was caused by a “misinterpretation” of the Arabic and the officials responsible have been fired

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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

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Turkish Education Ministry adopts regulation for time off for Friday prayers

Turkish Education Ministry adopts regulation for time off for Friday prayers

The Education Ministry has issued a circular in line with a recent legal change allowing public servants to attend Friday prayers without interrupting their office hours. According to the circular, schools across Turkey will be able to adjust their schedules and extend lunch-breaks for teachers

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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

Turkish civil servants’ time off for Friday prayers now official, legist takes decision to high court

Turkish civil servants’ time off for Friday prayers now official, legist takes decision to high court

A legal arrangement allowing for public servants to attend Friday prayers without interrupting their office hours has gone into force, as a related circular by the Turkish Prime Ministry was published in the Official Gazette

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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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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