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The Eternal Bridge: Turkey
by Mary Ann McDonnell
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1978)
With its rich history and traditions, Turkey remains a fundamental part of the history of Christianity.

The World of St. Nicholas
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1978)
The “ancestor” of Santa Claus lived a very different life than our famous Saint Nick of the North Pole.

A Bit of Poland in Turkey
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1979)
A small village in Turkey adheres to its Polish roots.

Karagoz: Turkey’s Puppet Theater
by Sister Francis Maria Cassidy, S.C.
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1980)
For centuries, Muslims in Turkey have used shadow puppet theater as part of their celebrations.

Reaching Out: The Popes in Turkey
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1980)
Beginning with St. Peter himself, many popes have visited what was once the seat of Christianity: Turkey.

Serving God For Centuries: The Monastery of Mar Gabriel
text and photos by Nadine Posner
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1980)
A Syrian Orthodox monastery in eastern Turkey maintains an old and pious tradition.

Bible Lands of Turkey: Anatolia and the Beginnings
text by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Winter 1981)
Ancient Anatolia, located in modern Turkey, played a significant role in Bible history.

Catalyst of Faith: Paul’s Anatolian Journeys
by Charles E. Adelsen
photos by Henry Angelo-Castrillion
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1982)
This is the second of a two-part series exploring the Bible history of Anatolia, modern day Turkey.

Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
by Regina J. Clarkin
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1983)
More than a century ago, forty men lost their lives for their Savior. Their feast day is 9 March.

Serving in the Spirit of Francis
by Charles E. Adelsen
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1986)
Archbishop John H. Boccella, Minister General of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, strives to promote mutual understanding and appreciation between the Muslims and Christians of Turkey.

Anatolian Headdresses – A Language to Wear
by Kenneth Cline
photos by Chuck Wells
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1986)
A profile of the lost art of Turkish Anatolian headdresses.

Armenians Celebrate the Annunciation – From Ararat to Istanbul
by Mark Leeds
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Spring 1987)
In the first nation to adopt Christianity, a small group of faithful celebrate the feast of the Annunciation.

The Ruined House of Ephesus
text and photos by Gerald Ring
(From Catholic Near East Spring 1989)
Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians that “you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit” (2:22). That community is gone, and his message seems a distant echo.

The Ending of a History
by Thomas McHugh
photos by Luke Golobitsh
(From Catholic Near East July 1990)
For persecuted Christians still living in Turkey, life is a daily struggle.

Armenia Reborn
by Sarkis Boghjalian
photos: CNEWA files
(From Catholic Near East January 1992)
Now an independent nation, Armenia is free to rebuild its ancient church.

The Mountain of the Servants of God
text and photos by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East March 1993)
Caught in the middle of a guerrilla war, Syrian Orthodox Christians in southeastern Turkey struggle to hang onto their homeland.

Fresco Facelift in Central Turkey
text and photos by Chris Hellier
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
Crumbling frescoes in ancient churches in Turkey receive a long-overdue facelift.

Haghia Sophia: The Great Church
text by George Martin
photographs by Ilene Perlman
(From Catholic Near East July – August 1997)
Unsurpassed in magnificence and a marvel of engineering, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul stands as a symbol of faith.

Walking a Tightrope in Turkey
text and photos by Karen Lagerquist
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2000)
Syrian Orthodox Christians strive to remain in their homeland of remote southeastern Turkey.

Time to End the Fear
by Chuck Todaro
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2003)
For the Syriac Christians of southeast Turkey, the arid mountainous region of Tur Abdin is their holy land

Peter’s First See
by Chorbishop John D. Faris
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2003)
Why Antioch can rightfully lay claim to Peter and his ministry

issues
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine November 2005)
A Visit to Turkey and Its Christian Communities

perspectives
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2007)
Unorthodox Orthodoxy

profiles
text by Michael J.L. La Civita with photographs by Armineh Johannes
(From ONE magazine September 2008)
The Armenian Catholic Church

Turkey
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Heart of Byzantium

Cyprus
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
An isle of Hellenic Christianity

Rising From the Ruins
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine November 2010)
Turkey’s Armenians move on despite a tragic past

Turkey’s Melting Pot
by Sean Sprague
(From ONE magazine May 2011)
A Christian cradle, Hatay is home to a diverse community

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Talking Turkey
news from ONE Magazine (8 January 2007)
As a guest of the Eternal Word Television Network, Msgr. Stern provided live commentary and analysis during Pope Benedict XVI’s four-day apostolic journey to Turkey in late November.

Turkey Returns Properties to Non-Muslim Religious
Catholic News Service (31 August 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Turkish prime minister’s announcement that the government will return hundreds of properties confiscated from non-Muslim religious groups or compensate the groups for properties sold to third parties is “a historic decision,” said the Vatican nuncio to Turkey.

Caritas Arrives in Eastern Turkey After Quake
Catholic News Service (25 October 2011)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — A team from Caritas offices in Turkey was headed east to assess needs in the region hit by the Oct. 23 earthquake.

Pope Prays for Turkey’s Quake Victims
Catholic News Service (27 October 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers for the victims of Turkey’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake as Catholic aid agencies worked to support the tens of thousands of victims left homeless in temperatures that approached freezing each night.

Turkey Consults Christians on Constitution
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
ROME (CNS) — A Catholic archbishop welcomed a Turkish government decision to consult Christian leaders on a new constitution.

Ecumenical Patriarch: Repent for Pollution
Catholic News Service (29 August 2012)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Praying for the protection of the environment includes asking God’s forgiveness for the small or serious ways each individual contributes to pollution, said the Ecumenical Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople.

Franciscans Report Attacks in Syria
Catholic News Service (11 October 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Franciscans ministering in a village along the Syrian border with Turkey said four people, including three Christian youths, were kidnapped and beaten before being released as the civil war surged in their community.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey
Catholic News Service (21 November 2012)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Michel George Sarkisiyan is behind on the rent for the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his wife and 8-year-old daughter, Magdalena.

Catholic Aid to Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (27 November 2012)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Many Syrian families fleeing war in their homeland and stranded in Turkey are desperate to provide a sense of normalcy for their children despite the chaos and upheaval of war, said the head of an emergency mission of the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services.

U.S. Catholics’ Relief Efforts Help Syrians in Turkey
Catholic News Service (4 January 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — The relief efforts of U.S. Catholics are helping Syrian refugees in Turkey face their ordeal in a dignified manner that respects their priorities, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.

Assaults on Armenian Women in Istanbul Unsettle Christians, Muslims
Catholic News Service (31 January 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — As a light snow fell, Bahija Geyimli exited Immaculate Conception Armenian Catholic Church after Mass in the Samatya neighborhood, the heart of Istanbul’s Armenian community. If recent attacks in the area had scared her, she wasn’t showing it.

In Turkey, Prayer, Reflection After Embassy Attack, Death of US Tourist
Catholic News Service (5 February 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — In the second row of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ayhan Mutlucu sat in silence after 11 a.m. Mass. She had the seen TV reports that U.S. tourist Sarai Sierra was dead, apparently murdered after disappearing two weeks earlier in a nearby area.

Turkey to Build Camp for Christian Refugees
Catholic News Service (15 April 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Christians escaping the two-year civil war in Syria will soon have their own camp in which to live and receive humanitarian aid, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey told local media.

In Istanbul, Syrians Pray for End to War
Catholic News Service (31 December 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — In a Catholic church in Istanbul in late December, Father Lorenzo Piretto led about a hundred people in prayer.

Syrian Bishop Urges Pope Francis to Raise Arms Supply Issue in Turkey
Catholic News Service (28 November 2014)
DUBLIN (CNS) — The president of Caritas in Syria has appealed to Pope Francis to use his 28-30 November trip to Turkey to raise the issue of the ongoing supply of arms being sent across the Turkish border to rebel factions in northern Syria.

Pope Prays in Istanbul Mosque, Rallies Local Christians
Catholic News Service (29 November 2014)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — A day after hearing Turkish leaders demand the West show more respect for Islam, Pope Francis prayed alongside a Muslim cleric inside Istanbul’s most famous mosque.

Pope Tells Mideast, African Refugees Wars That Caused Flight Must End
Catholic News Service (30 November 2014)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Pope Francis met with young refugees from civil wars in Syria and Iraq, a few hours after joining Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to denounce the plight of Christians there.

In Turkey, Pope Francis Got a Look at Christianity on the Margins
Catholic News Service (1 December 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis’ 28-30 November visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope’s official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops.

Some See Unity Vision Reignited by Pope, Patriarch’s Gestures in Turkey
Catholic News Service (2 December 2014)
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — After watching firsthand as Pope Francis bowed his head for a blessing from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during the pope’s 28-30 November trip to Turkey, an American-born Orthodox priest felt a joyful disbelief.

Salesian Center Offers Haven for Iraqi, Syrian Children in Istanbul
Catholic News Service (9 April 2015)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Basima Toma teaches English to about 40 children at the Don Bosco youth center.

Term ‘Genocide’ Angers Turkey, While Pope Says Memory Leads to Healing
Catholic News Service (13 April 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized — not hidden or denied — for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world.

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