‘Things will change!’ – Turkish girls hopeful after Pope’s visit


Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said two Turkish young women who had the occasion to greet the Pope on his recent trip. Baram, a nearly 30-year-old woman with a degree in French Literature, told CNA that “there is a group of people here in Turkey that does not understand Christianity, or simply they are not interested in Christianity.” However, she said, “the fact that Pope Francis … Continue reading

Turkey Is Not a Welcoming Home for Christians, Neither Residents Nor Refugees


Bishop: I Cannot Resolve All the Situations ROME, November 26, 2014 (Zenit.org) – This reflection is provided by Sébastien de Courtois of Aid to the Church in Need. Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees. Many of these are Christians from Iraq and Syria, and many are young, single people, prepared to take great risks. In early November, a boat carrying illegal migrants from … Continue reading