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BISHOP BEHEADED BY JIHADISTS IN TURKEY BECOMES 8th MARTYR THERE IN FOUR YEARS

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2010 at 12:03 am

“Bishop Luigi Padovese, stabbed to death last month, is the latest victim of Turkey’s growing hostility to Christians,” reports John F. Cullinan in a must-read story on National Review Online. “For all the attention Turkey has gotten lately, very few Americans are aware that the Roman Catholic bishop serving as apostolic vicar of Anatolia was stabbed to death and decapitated last month by an assailant shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar! I have killed the great Satan!’ There are fewer than 60 Catholic priests in all of Turkey, and yet Bishop Luigi Padovese was the fifth of them to be shot or stabbed in the last four years, starting with the murder of Fr. Andrea Santoro in 2006, also by an assailant shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (An Armenian journalist and three Protestants working at a Christian publishing house — one of them German, the other two Turkish converts — were also killed during this period.) What’s going on? Why has traditionally secularist Turkey, with its minuscule Christian community (less than 0.2 percent of the population), lately become nearly as dangerous for Christians as neighboring Iraq? And why has this disturbing pattern of events so far escaped notice in the West? In a nutshell, all these violent acts reflect a popular culture increasingly shaped by Turkish media accounts deliberately promoting hatred of Christians and Jews…..” [To read the rest of this story, please click here]

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