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Istanbul governor meets with religious leaders

Istanbul governor meets with religious leaders

Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin has met with leading figures from the three main religions in the metropolis to obtain information on the activities of Turkey’s Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, the state-run Anadolu Agency has reported

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Ukrainian Greek Catholics 'betrayed' by pope-patriarch meeting

Ukrainian Greek Catholics 'betrayed' by pope-patriarch meeting

Pope Francis is under fire in Ukraine after his historic meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, with the head of the country's Greek Catholic Church saying believers felt "betrayed"

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Turkey’s religious body refuses to grant concert permission to ‘rocking imam’

Turkey’s religious body refuses to grant concert permission to ‘rocking imam’

A Turkish imam who hit headlines as a “rocking imam” after co-founding a rock band has been denied permission to perform a concert in Portugal by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet)

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Pope urges Mexico leaders, bishops to tame drug mayhem

Pope urges Mexico leaders, bishops to tame drug mayhem

Pope Francis admonished Mexico's political and religious leaders to take on drug violence on Feb. 13, calling for "true justice" and "prophetic courage" against the scourge afflicting the country

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Turkey’s top religious official backs reopening of Halki Seminary ‘in principle’

Turkey’s top religious official backs reopening of Halki Seminary ‘in principle’

No religious minority group in Turkey should have to look abroad to educate its religious clerics, Directorate General of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) head Mehmet Görmez said on Feb. 28

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Pope heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch

Pope heads for historic encounter with Russian patriarch

Pope Francis headed to Cuba on Feb. 12 looking to heal a 1,000-year-old rift in Christianity before embarking on a tour of Mexico dominated by modern day problems of drug-related violence and migration

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Turkish Jewish Museum reopens after update

Turkish Jewish Museum reopens after update

An updated and modernized version of the Museum of Turkish Jews has opened at the Neve Şalom Synagogue in Istanbul

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Turkish president hosts leading Jewish delegation

Turkish president hosts leading Jewish delegation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 9 hosted a leading delegation representing influential Jewish lobbying groups in the United States in a sign of Ankara’s willingness to normalize bilateral ties with Israel

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Large new statue of Virgin Mary statue planned in Selçuk

Large new statue of Virgin Mary statue planned in Selçuk

Aegean province İzmir’s Selçuk district, home to the House of the Virgin Mary, which is a pilgrimage site for Christians, will soon have a massive statue of the mother of Jesus

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Top cleric delivers Friday sermon in Mardin

Top cleric delivers Friday sermon in Mardin

Turkey’s top cleric has personally delivered this week’s Friday sermon in the southeastern province of Mardin

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Pope urges Mexicans to not surrender to drug cartels

Pope urges Mexicans to not surrender to drug cartels

Pope Francis on Feb. 15 encouraged young Mexicans to "dare to dream" of a crime-free life and priests to stay strong despite relentless violence as he visited a region lacerated by drug gangs

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Pope to hold historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Church head

Pope to hold historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Church head

Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Vatican said on Feb. 5

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Turkish PM pays visit to cemevi in eastern Turkey

Turkish PM pays visit to cemevi in eastern Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has visited a cemevi, an Alevi house of worship, in eastern Turkey, just months after he outlined a set of comprehensive action plans for the fulfillment of his party’s pre-election promises to different segments of society

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Turkey’s top religious body ‘motivates’ successful disabled students with Umrah visit

Turkey’s top religious body ‘motivates’ successful disabled students with Umrah visit

Turkey’s Diyanet has selected 100 successful students with disabilities for an Umrah visit, as part of a newly-launched program designed to “motivate” disabled students to perform their religious duties

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