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Authorities to review ban in yoga centers

Authorities to review ban in yoga centers

Turkish officials have decided to review a directive which banned religious symbols and playing music specific to various religions at yoga studios

Comment(s)9/17/2015

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate conducts mass with 140 bishops from around world

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate conducts mass with 140 bishops from around world

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Bartholomew has performed a mass marking the beginning of the church’s calendar with the participation of some 140 metropolitan bishops and archbishops from around the world.

Comment(s)9/1/2015

Turkey’s top cleric condemns Israel for ‘occupying’ Al-Aqsa

Turkey’s top cleric condemns Israel for ‘occupying’ Al-Aqsa

Turkey’s top cleric Mehmet Görmez has condemned Israel for what he called as “occupation” of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound

Comment(s)9/13/2015

Turkey’s top religious body releases report on ISIL, names it ‘terrorist organization’

Turkey’s top religious body releases report on ISIL, names it ‘terrorist organization’

Turkey’s top religious affairs body has released a report on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), where it defined the group as a terror organization for the first time.

Comment(s)8/9/2015

Reopening Hagia Sophia to prayers is my dream, Turkish tourism minister says

Reopening Hagia Sophia to prayers is my dream, Turkish tourism minister says

Culture and Tourism Minister Yalçın Topçu has said he wished for the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul to be reopened to prayers for Muslims

Comment(s)9/11/2015

Hagia Paraskevi Day held on Tenedos island

Hagia Paraskevi Day held on Tenedos island

Orthodox Greeks have gathered at the Ayazma Monastery on Tenedos island, known Bozcaada in Turkish, in the Aegean province of Çanakkale for a religious ceremony to celebrate Hagia Paraskevi Day.

Comment(s)7/28/2015

Turkey’s top cleric delivers Friday sermon, calls for unity

Turkey’s top cleric delivers Friday sermon, calls for unity

The country’s top cleric took the initiative to deliver Friday’s sermon on Sept. 11, in a bid to urge the people of Turkey not to be trapped by ethic divides amid rising conflict between security forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

Comment(s)9/11/2015

‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

What may be the world’s oldest Quran fragments have been found by the University of Birmingham, the BBC has reported

Comment(s)7/22/2015

Turkish officials ban religious symbols at yoga centers

Turkish officials ban religious symbols at yoga centers

Having Buddha sculptures and mantra symbols as well as the playing of religious music and burning of incense can now be considered violations which lead to the closure of yoga centers in Turkey

Comment(s)9/9/2015

Muslim theologian insists on ‘advanced oral sex’ statement, bashes critical colleague

Muslim theologian insists on ‘advanced oral sex’ statement, bashes critical colleague

A Turkish theologian who recently drew attention for describing 'advanced oral sex' as 'haram' (forbidden) in Islam has accused a critical televangelist of being 'shameless.'

Comment(s)7/19/2015

Pope makes it easier for Catholics to end marriages

Pope makes it easier for Catholics to end marriages

Pope Francis wants to make it easier for Catholics to have their marriages annulled under reforms regarded with suspicion by conservatives wary of the de facto introduction of Church-approved divorce.

Comment(s)9/8/2015

Muslim televangelist defends oral sex, slams colleague for declaring it haram

Muslim televangelist defends oral sex, slams colleague for declaring it haram

A popular Muslim televangelist in Turkey has opposed a recent statement by a colleague, who had declared “advanced oral sex” to be forbidden by Islam.

Comment(s)7/16/2015

Pope calls on every European parish to host one migrant family each

Pope calls on every European parish to host one migrant family each

Pope Francis called on Sept. 6 on every European parish and religious community to take in one migrant family each in a gesture of solidarity he said would start in the tiny Vatican state where he lives

Comment(s)9/6/2015

Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian

Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian

People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on June 21

Comment(s)6/22/2015

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