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Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border Oct. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis prays for ‘beloved and tormented’ Syria

Oct 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As Turkish-led forces began the fifth day of their move against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria Sunday, Pope Francis appealed... Read more

Pope Francis with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, in Vatican City, Feb. 5, 2018.

Pope, Turkish president, discuss Middle East in first Vatican meeting

Feb 5, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday, Pope Francis and the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, met at the Vatican, discussing the situation in... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 3, 2014.

After Istanbul attack, Pope prays for those who fight 'bloody stain' of terrorism

Jan 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the first day of the new year and the 50th World Day of Peace, Pope Francis condemned a terrorist... Read more

Bishops attend a Mass of Canonization in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 18, 2015.

Church unity with a global focus: lessons from 'bishop school'

Sep 20, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican holds a special seminar series each year for new bishops to help them learn their new role.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience May 28, 2014.

Pope prays for victims of 'bloody' attack at a wedding in Turkey

Aug 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis mourns victims of 'heinous' attack on Istanbul airport

Jun 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

During his Wednesday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking... Read more

Is there a light in the dark for Turkey's invisible Christians?

Apr 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

Despite Turkey's claim of religious freedom, Christians there have faced ongoing hostility, including  government oppression and murder – but a... Read more

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250

Feb 26, 2015

By Elise Harris

The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and... Read more

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Istanbul.

A challenge and a grace – life for Catholics in Turkey

Dec 1, 2014

Living as a Catholic in the majority Muslim country of Turkey can be difficult, but it can also be a... Read more

Pope Francis exits Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral Nov 29.

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

Nov 30, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, speaks to CNA Oct. 22, 2014.

Ecumenical dialogue in the spotlight as Pope's Turkey trip approaches

Oct 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

The cardinal heading the Church’s council for Christian Unity has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turkey... Read more

Syrian refugees who have settled in Qaa, a village in Lebanon's Bekaa province.

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

Oct 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Vatican releases details for Pope Francis' visit to Turkey

Oct 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

In response to an invitation sent by Patriarch Bartolomeo I of Constantinople, Pope Francis will make a three-day trip to... Read more

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican confirms papal trip to Turkey in November

Sep 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

A statement released by the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, where he is expected... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on June 25, 2014.

Pope might visit Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew in November

Sep 9, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis may visit Turkey Nov. 29-30, strengthening the links with the Orthodox Church’s Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and advancing... Read more