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Turkish mosque group in Germany takes step back from Ankara

Turkish mosque group in Germany takes step back from Ankara

A key Turkish religious organization in Germany said on Aug. 14 it would further distance itself from Ankara after politicians and media raised concerns of foreign influence

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Religious leaders stand together against coup attempt in Turkey

Religious leaders stand together against coup attempt in Turkey

Religious leaders in Turkey condemned violence in a joint declaration about the coup attempt in the country that started late on July 15

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Gülen movement is fake Mahdi, says Turkey’s Religious Directorate head

Gülen movement is fake Mahdi, says Turkey’s Religious Directorate head

The head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), Mehmet Görmez has said the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) was a “fake Mahdi movement,”

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Georgian monastery in Turkey's Erzurum awaits more visitors

Georgian monastery in Turkey's Erzurum awaits more visitors

The Öşvank Monastery in the eastern province of Erzurum’s Uzundere district, which dates back around 1,000 years, has been attracting local and foreign tourists who come for its religious significance and architectural features

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Restoring medieval Tibetan shrines in the Himalayas

Restoring medieval Tibetan shrines in the Himalayas

Upper Mustang only opened to outsiders in 1992 and its murals, scriptures and cave paintings provide a rare window into early Buddhism

Comment(s)8/3/2016

Moon, sky decide timing for Eid, says Turkey’s top cleric

Moon, sky decide timing for Eid, says Turkey’s top cleric

The head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) on July 6 defended the decision to mark the first day of the Eid al-Fitr on July 5, a day ahead of the rest of the Muslim world

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Pope sets up Vatican panel to study female deacons issue

Pope sets up Vatican panel to study female deacons issue

Pope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved to men

Comment(s)8/2/2016

President Erdoğan shares Eid al-Fitr message in 12 languages on Twitter

President Erdoğan shares Eid al-Fitr message in 12 languages on Twitter

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shared a message celebrating Eid al-Fitr in 12 different languages, including Kurdish and Russian, on his Twitter account on July 5

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Pope sets up Vatican panel to study female deacons issue

Pope sets up Vatican panel to study female deacons issue

Pope Francis has set up a panel to study whether women could serve as deacons, a role now reserved to men

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Many Muslim countries marking end of Ramadan one day after Turkey

Many Muslim countries marking end of Ramadan one day after Turkey

A group of Muslim countries, led by Saudi Arabia, is fasting for one more day and is set to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on July 6, citing their inability to view the crescent moon ending the lunar month of Ramadan

Comment(s)7/5/2016

Civil servants to be allowed to leave Turkey for hajj

Civil servants to be allowed to leave Turkey for hajj

Ankara will make an exception on the ban on leaving the country imposed on civil servants after the July 15 failed coup attempt if the employees can demonstrate they will perform the hajj in September

Comment(s)7/29/2016

Turkey celebrates Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr

Turkey celebrates Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr

Muslims in Turkey, along with other Muslim populations around the world, are celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr on July 5, marking the end of 30 days of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan

Comment(s)7/4/2016

Pope Francis misses step, falls down before Mass in Poland

Pope Francis misses step, falls down before Mass in Poland

Pope Francis missed a step and fell to the ground on July 28 as he walked on an open-air platform to celebrate Mass at Poland's holiest shrine of Jasna Gora

Comment(s)7/28/2016

Jewish cemetery to be restored in Aegean town

Jewish cemetery to be restored in Aegean town

A Jewish cemetery in the southwestern Aegean district of Milas will be restored as part of a project that has been dubbed “The Silent Witnesses of Jewishness in Milas.”

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