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06 June 2010

Turkey: Catholic bishop murdered in south

monsLuigiPadovese102--200x150.jpg(AKI) - A Catholic bishop has been stabbed to death in his home in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, according to the state-run Anatolian news

agency. Luigi Padovese, who served in a diocese in the town of Iskenderun near the town of Antioch, was killed at his home, the agency said, without providing further details.

A source told the private TV network, NTV, that the 63-year-old priest, who had been living in Turkey since 2004, was stabbed by his driver.

After the attack Padovese was immediately transferred to hospital but later died of his wounds.

The bishop's murder is the latest in a string of attacks in recent years on Christians in Turkey, where they comprise less than one percent of the population of 70 million.

In 2006, Catholic priest Andrea Santoro was murdered in the Black Sea town of Trabzon in an attack blamed on ultra-nationalists and a year later another priest in the western city of Izmir, Adriano Franchini, was stabbed and wounded in the stomach by a 19-year-old after Sunday Mass.

The same year, a group of men entered a Bible-publishing house in the central Anatolian city of Malatya and killed three Christians, including a German national. The five alleged killers are now standing trial for murder.

The killings — in which the victims were tied up and had their throats slit — drew international condemnation.

05:17 Posted in TURKEY | Permalink | Comments (8) |  Facebook |


That is so horrible and mean! How can anyone find reasons on killing others? Let us all pray that we may see things clearly and discern this.

Posted by: single mothers grants | 26 February 2011

I don't understand why people would murder others, especially when the victim is someone that seems unlikely to have any faults. I hope the perpetrator has been caught.

Posted by: help for single mothers | 07 March 2011

I can't believe it.

Posted by: thyroid symptoms | 09 April 2011

Such a shame when catholic officials are being murdered in cold blood.

Posted by: free college scholarships | 05 May 2011

I find it insulting as a Christian when religious officials, from any religion, are killed.

Posted by: personal names | 08 May 2011

It's a crying shame when even the innocent people like church leaders are murdered in cold blood.

Posted by: personal names | 17 May 2011

This is really sad, all of us no matter what religion or nations we are part of deserved to live in this world. All they have in their hearts are hatred. Hope this killing will end soon.

Posted by: Grants for Single Mothers | 31 May 2011

It's sad when a man of God gets killed for doing his job...

Posted by: chemical engineering scholarships | 09 June 2011

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