Turkey is placed in the territory of the oldest Christian civilizations. The Apostle Paul himself was born in Tarsus which is under Turkish control now. No longer exist such great Christian centers like Byzantium (Constantinople), Smyrna (Izmir now), Edessa and others. And the tiny rest of the old Christian community in this country is under increasing pressure to perish.

Apostolic Vicar Murdered in Turkey

...he was killed as a symbol, because he was the reality of what it means to be a Catholic priest.

The oldest monastery in captivity

By Prof. Gabriel Sawma

A long-standing land dispute between the Syrian Orthodox community in south-east Turkey and the local villagers has finally turned into a legal battle attracting international attention. The disagreement has been closely monitored by the European Union for some time, and US President Barack Obama and the State Department are monitoring the dispute.

April, 24 - commemoration of Armenian Genocide

The atrocities committed against the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire during W.W.I are called the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Genocide was centrally planned and administered by the Turkish government against the entire Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. It was carried out during W.W.I between the years 1915 and 1918. The Armenian people were subjected to deportation, expropriation, abduction, torture, massacre, and starvation. The atrocities were renewed between 1920 and 1923, and the remaining Armenians were subjected to further massacres and expulsions.

Turkish Supreme Court Rules Against Assyrian Monastery

Assyrian International News Agency

In a ruling issued on January 26, 2011, Turkey's Supreme Court granted substantial parts of St. Gabriel Monastery, an Assyrian Christian religious center established in the 397 A.D. in south-east Anatolia, to the Turkish Treasury.

Turkish Syriacs lament problems with education, Mor Gabriel


Syriacs in Turkey are fighting to regain their rite to educate their children in their own language, which is recognized by UNESCO as being in danger of extinction. At the same time, many Syriacs are hoping to stop a land grab against the community’s most symbolic center in the country, the 1,700-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery in Mardin

Commemoration of massacres (Turkey, 1915-1918)

Over 2 million of Christians - Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians were killed after in November, 1914 the chief imam of Ottoman Turkey announced jihad against "infidels."

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