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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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