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Coups have no place in Turkey

HONG KONG (SE): In the early hours of July 15, international newswires were clogged with reports of a coup d’état in Turkey in which a section of the military took over Istanbul airport and declared itself a peace council with the aim of restoring democratic rights that the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has trampled over.

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Turkey quick to react to genocide reference

VATICAN (SE): Although diplomatic in timing, Ankara was on the war path early on the day after Pope Francis returned to the Vatican from his visit to Armenia, saying that Turkey is disappointed with the language he used when describing the massacre of over one million people in Armenia.

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Words are the new bullets in Battle of the Dardanelles

VATICAN (SE): Turkey recalled its ambassador to the Vatican last year in protest against the use of the word genocide by Pope Francis on April 24 to describe the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said, “It is generally referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century.”

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Pope prays for victims of Turkish bombing

VATICAN (AsiaNews): Pope Francis expressed his great sorrow for the victims of what he described as the terrible massacre in Ankara, Turkey, when two bombs were detonated in the midst of a peaceful rally on October 10.

He called on everyone gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly midday prayer on October 11 to pray in silence for the dead, the wounded and bereaved families.

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Turkish court sentences driver for 2010 murder of apostolic vicar

 

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A Turkish court sentenced Murat Altun to 15 years in prison for the 2010 murder of the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, Bishop Luigi Padovese. 

Altun, now 29-years-old, was the bishop’s driver. He was arrested and confessed almost immediately after the murder, although in the months after his arrest he gave several different explanations of why he stabbed and almost decapitated the bishop. 

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