Emergency Order Broadens Turkey’s Powers to Deport Foreigners

After deportation of two U.S. Christians, expatriate Christians further unsettled.

(Morning Star News) – An emergency order issued over the weekend makes it significantly easier for Turkey to deport expatriates, further unsettling  foreign Christians after the government this month ordered the deportation two U.S. Christians. The directive eliminates the need for a court decision before a foreigner can be deported, amending sections of the 2013 […]

Authorities in Turkey Arrest Killers in Malatya Slayings

Five nationalists had been freed after conviction, sentencing.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Turkey last night arrested the five Muslim nationalists convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007. A source told Morning Star News of the arrests last evening, and advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC) confirmed it […]

After Nine Years, Killers in Malatya, Turkey Slayings Are Convicted, Sentenced

Five nationalists remain free while life sentences are appealed.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After a nine-year legal saga, a Turkish criminal court today sentenced five men to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007. The Malatya First Heavy Penal Court found Salih Gurler, Cuma Ozdemir, Abuzer Yildirim, Hamit Ceker and Emre Gunaydin guilty on […]

Detained U.S. Evangelist in Turkey Released, Ordered To Be Deported

David Byle is declared a ‘danger to public order.’

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Turkish authorities have released a U.S. evangelist who was detained last week and ordered to be deported, sources said. Declaring David Byle “a danger to public order,” authorities in Turkey took him into custody on April 6 after asking him to report to the immigration office in Istanbul regarding his […]

Anti-Christian Hatred Seen in Attack on Church Building in Samsun, Turkey

Police release suspects caught on video.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Four men detained by police for attacking a church building in the Black Sea region of Turkey last week shouted jihadist slogans when released from jail, a marked departure from past harassment, church leaders said. Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, the four Muslims went to a building rented […]

Turkish Court Rules Government Failed to Protect Christians Killed in Malatya

Civil suit results in order to pay damages to relatives of victims.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Turkish court ruled on Tuesday (Jan. 26) that the government was negligent in its duty to protect three Christians who were tortured and killed in 2007 and ordered it to pay damages to the victims’ families. The Malatya Administrative Court ruled that, nearly nine years ago, the Interior Ministry […]

Christmas Celebrations, Turkish Style

Islamic nationalists ‘convert’ Santa Claus.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – This holiday season, Christians across Turkey gathered to hold services and celebrate Christmas, even as a small group of protestors “converted” that long-time Christmas mainstay, Santa, to Islam. On Christmas Eve, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of the Greek Orthodox Church led a divine liturgy at the Church of St. George […]

Almost Nine Years Later, Verdict in Malatya Killings Trial Still Awaited

Defense could seek removal of monitoring devices on suspects.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Another court hearing in the case of three Christians that were killed for their faith in Turkey almost nine years ago is set to be held next week. The Jan. 5 hearing will be the 109th hearing to take place since the killing took place in 2007. On April 18, […]

Textbooks in Turkey Improved, but Biased against Non-Islamic Faiths, Study Says

USCIRF notes misrepresentations of Christianity.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Newly revised textbooks for schoolchildren’s mandatory religion classes in Turkey are markedly improved but still have notable shortcomings, according to a study by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The textbooks do not adequately address Christianity and other non-Islamic religions, according to USCIRF. “The current books are a […]

Five Years after Murder of Priest in Turkey, New Bishop Preaches

Pope Francis appointed Paolo Bizzeti to post at İskenderun Catholic Church.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – More than five years after a bishop in Turkey was viciously murdered for reasons still shrouded in mystery, a new bishop held his first service at the church where the slain priest once preached. Bishop Paolo Bizzeti, 67, celebrated Mass at İskenderun Catholic Church in Hatay Province on Nov. 29, […]