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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

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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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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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Feast of Peter and Paul celebrated in Hatay with prayers for Istanbul victims

Feast of Peter and Paul celebrated in Hatay with prayers for Istanbul victims

St. Pierre Church in Hatay, one of the world’s oldest churches, held an event to celebrate the Feast of Peter and Paul and to pray for the victims of Istanbul airport attack

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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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Armenian Church holds pre-fast meal at its garden in Istanbul

Armenian Church holds pre-fast meal at its garden in Istanbul

An Armenian church in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district held a sahur (pre-fast meal during Ramadan) event on June 30 in cooperation with the district’s municipality

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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 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

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