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Turkey: a ‘church with open doors’ in an Islamic society


“Our mission is a mission of a Church with open doors. For this reason, all our churches are open to the public at certain times. Sometimes devotions are held, and someone is always there at the church to greet visitors and to answer any questions they may have. This is the way of evangelization we have chosen in light of the present situation.”

‘May it come easily’— the work of the Salesians in Istanbul


The population of Istanbul has increased tenfold over the last 50 years and the city has one of the largest populations of young people from all European cities.

Father Andrea Santoro

On the 15th anniversary of his murder, a priest remembered


“May Jesus shine in us—with his Word, with his Spirit, with the power of his saints. May our lives be that wax which is willingly consumed.”

Turkey: nationalism, not religion, drives the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque


“Ayasofya is a nationalist question. The return serves no purpose from a cultural point of view since Istanbulites have far more mosques than they need, many of them huge and magnificent.”

Istanbul: Could the former basilica of Hagia Sophia again become a mosque?


“The ‘Christian people’ of Turkey’ are extremely cautious, given what they have been through.”

In Turkey, ‘Christians are losing everything they own’


“The people feel as though they are being ‘dispossessed’ without legal recourse. They are losing everything they own without an actual legal basis. They are losing everything Christians have worked for over the course of history.”

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