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Fresh secularism debate stirred in Turkey over authority given to religious heads on marriage

Fresh secularism debate stirred in Turkey over authority given to religious heads on marriage

A series of new regulations enabling provincial and district religious affairs authorities to conduct official marriages has sparked fresh debates on secularism in Turkey

Comment(s)6/30/2016

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

Comment(s)6/16/2016

Turkish Christians mark Feast of St. Peter and Paul in Hatay

Turkish Christians mark Feast of St. Peter and Paul in Hatay

Religious representatives of Turkey’s Orthodox and Catholic Christians and believers gathered at the St. Pierre Church, located on the skirts of Mount Habib Neccar in the southern province of Hatay, in order to mark the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29

Comment(s)6/29/2016

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

President Erdoğan opens Esenboğa Airport mosque

President Erdoğan opens Esenboğa Airport mosque

A mosque built at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport was opened on June 23 by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said the religious facility at the airport would meet the passengers’ worship needs

Comment(s)6/23/2016

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

Pope risks relations with Turkey with Armenia trip

Pope risks relations with Turkey with Armenia trip

Pope Francis heads to Armenia June 24 for a three-day visit likely to inflame simmering tensions with Turkey over the Vatican’s description of the killings of Anatolian Armenians during World War I under the Ottoman Empire as genocide

Comment(s)6/23/2016

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

Turkey’s Armenians demand right to replace acting patriarch

Turkey’s Armenians demand right to replace acting patriarch

A group of Turkish Armenians laid a black wreath in front of the Armenian Patriarchate to protest against being denied the right to replace acting Patriarch Aram Ateşyan

Comment(s)6/23/2016

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

Turks pray to the Quran yet they don’t know the Quran

Turks pray to the Quran yet they don’t know the Quran

Turks pray to the Quran yet they don’t know the Quran, while secondary sources overshadow the holy book, according to a theology scholar. “Muslims get away from the gist of Islam,” says Emre Dorman, adding that the distorted version of Islam leads to ISIL’s atrocities

Comment(s)6/20/2016

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

Historic Orthodox meet marred by Russian no show

Historic Orthodox meet marred by Russian no show

Orthodox churches from around the world met in Greece on June 19 for the first such gathering in a millennium, but the absence of several branches of the communion threatened to mar the event

Comment(s)6/19/2016

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

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