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Greek Orthodox Church organizes iftar dinner in Istanbul

Greek Orthodox Church organizes iftar dinner in Istanbul

The Beşiktaş Panagia Greek Orthodox Church Foundation organized an iftar fast-breaking dinner to highlight unity and togetherness, as members of different religions and political parties participated in the June 15 event

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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

Turkish professor apologizes after calling non-praying citizens ‘animals’

Turkish professor apologizes after calling non-praying citizens ‘animals’

An Islamic theologian has apologized after drawing an angry reaction for calling those who do not perform Islamic prayers “animals” live on Turkey’s state broadcaster, while claiming that his words were “distorted.”

Comment(s)6/14/2016

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

Professor stirs outrage after calling non-praying citizens ‘animals’ on Turkish state TV

Professor stirs outrage after calling non-praying citizens ‘animals’ on Turkish state TV

A professor has drawn an angry reaction after calling those who do not perform Islamic prayers “animals” during a Ramadan program on Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT

Comment(s)6/13/2016

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

Chief Rabbi attends iftar fast-breaking meal held by Edirne Synagogue

Chief Rabbi attends iftar fast-breaking meal held by Edirne Synagogue

The newly renovated Grand Synagogue in the northwestern province of Edirne hosted a public fast-breaking iftar meal, attended by Turkish Jews’ Chief Rabbi Rav İsak Haleva, on the evening of June 9

Comment(s)6/10/2016

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

Turkey declares nine-day public holiday for Eid al-Fitr week

Turkey declares nine-day public holiday for Eid al-Fitr week

Turkish authorities have declared a nine-day public holiday starting from July 2 for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced in a statement on June 9

Comment(s)6/9/2016

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

Muslim, Jewish, Christian leaders gather for fast-breaking meal

Muslim, Jewish, Christian leaders gather for fast-breaking meal

Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths came together in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district for a fast-breaking meal on the first day of Ramadan on June 6, in a show of solidarity between adherents of different religions in Turkey

Comment(s)6/7/2016

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

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

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