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Bishop Paolo Bizzeti, S.J., Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, Turkey.

Catholic bishop in Turkey: Jesus is drawing people to the Church in ‘unthinkable ways’

Bishop Paolo Bizzeti’s precessor as Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia was murdered. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, on May 17, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with Iran’s foreign minister, speaks to Turkish president about Palestinians

Iran's foreign minister said that he and the pope “exchanged views” on Palestine, interfaith dialogue, and U.S. sanctions on Iran. Read more

Armenian refugees at Novorossiysk, 1920

Christian advocates praise Biden for recognizing Armenian genocide

Christian advocates praised President Joe Biden for officially recognizing the Armenian genocide over the weekend. Read more

A billboard in Yerevan featuring the flags of Armenia and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Oct. 7, 2020.

Armenia’s ambassador to Vatican stresses threat of Syrian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Armenian ambassador to the Holy See said Wednesday that the recruitment and deployment of Syrian Islamist extremists to the... Read more

Turkish soldiers.

New calls for US sanctions on Turkey for Christian persecution

Christian human rights leaders have called on the Trump administration to issue sanctions on Turkey in response to its actions... Read more

Catholic church, traditional african architecture in the city of Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

Conference highlights 'forgotten' persecuted Christians

Religious and political leaders warned that persecuted Christians were at risk of being forgotten, during a summit Wednesday, and highlighted the... Read more

The apse of the 700-year-old Chora Church in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey turns second historic Istanbul church into mosque

A month after the former cathedral Hagia Sophia was converted from a museum into a mosque, another Istanbul church-museum, renowned... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Syrian government to build replica of Hagia Sophia

The government of Syria plans to build a replica of Hagia Sophia, with support from Russia, as a protest against... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Indonesian Muslim party warns Erdogan could spark global ‘clash of civilizations’

An Islamic political party in Indonesia said Tuesday that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could spark a civilizational clash because of... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of Yangon.

Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

As Hagia Sophia opened for Muslim prayers Friday for the first time in 86 years, a leading Asian cardinal said... Read more

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the first female president of Greece.

Hagia Sophia: Greek president appeals to Pope Francis to put pressure on Turkey

The president of Greece called Pope Francis Monday urging the pope to advocate for the preservation of the status quo... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Hagia Sophia as mosque has global implications for religious freedom, experts say

As Christians and world leaders lament Turkey’s reconversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, some experts warn that the act... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis expresses sadness after Hagia Sophia is declared a mosque

Pope Francis expressed his sadness Sunday after Turkey’s decision to convert the former Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia back into... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Hagia Sophia declared a mosque hours after court ruling

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signed a decree converting Hagia Sophia, the former cathedral of Holy Wisdom in Istanbul, into... Read more

Caption: A view of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey on Nov. 27, 2014.

Turkish court ruling paves way for Hagia Sophia to be turned into mosque

A Turkish court paved the way Friday for the former Christian basilica Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to be turned back... Read more

Mor Abrohom Church in Nusaybin, Turkey.

Religious scholar laments: Turkish Christians 'a welcome scapegoat'

According to a scholar of comparative religion, Christians in Turkey are being persecuted by the Turkish government, in part to... Read more

Turkish airforce fighter jet.

US religious freedom commission condemns Turkish airstrikes

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement on Friday, calling on the Turkish military to halt... Read more

Mor Abrohom Church in Nusaybin, Turkey.

Priest arrested in Turkey for giving bread and water to Kurdish separatists

Turkish authorities have arrested a Syriac Orthodox priest on terrorism charges after the cleric allegedly provided bread and water to... Read more

Senator Lindsey Graham speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2015.

Senators reportedly blocked Armenian genocide resolutions at White House request

Congressional resolutions recognizing the Armenian genocide were reportedly blocked by Republican senators at the direction of the White House.  Read more

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn during the Turkish offensive against Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria, Oct. 17, 2019, as seen from Turkey.

Bishops in Middle East urge prayer for northern Syria

Bishops in Syria and Iraq have called for worldwide prayer as fighting between Turkish and Kurdish forces further destabilizes northern... Read more