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Hostilities at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey Leave Parishioners Fearing Worse
Congregation anxious after verbal assault, threats, and a lunge with a knife.
July 15, 2014

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) Members of a Catholic church in Istanbul fear an attack after Muslims verbally assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service and destroyed church property in the last two months.

After two incidents at St. Stephanos Church, parishioners said they are waiting to see if hostilities will escalate into violence during what remains of Ramadan, when religious persecution has been known to increase in Muslim-majority areas. The annual Ramadan, an Islamic month of day-time fasting, ends in Turkey on July 28.

The two previous attacks have caused some members of an already small congregation to stop participating in services, at least temporarily. In May a group of young men under cover of darkness destroyed audio equipment, stole other items and set a fire in the building, and on June 15 Muslim intruders pushed their way into the baptismal service and yelled obscenities, with one brandishing a knife and threatening to stab a parishioner.



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Jul 22nd 2014 new
(quote) Jack-752986 said: Hostilities at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey Leave Parishioners Fearing Worse
Congregation anxious after verbal assault, threats, and a lunge with a knife.
July 15, 2014

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) Members of a Catholic church in Istanbul fear an attack after Muslims verbally assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service and destroyed church property in the last two months.

After two incidents at St. Stephanos Church, parishioners said they are waiting to see if hostilities will escalate into violence during what remains of Ramadan, when religious persecution has been known to increase in Muslim-majority areas. The annual Ramadan, an Islamic month of day-time fasting, ends in Turkey on July 28.

The two previous attacks have caused some members of an already small congregation to stop participating in services, at least temporarily. In May a group of young men under cover of darkness destroyed audio equipment, stole other items and set a fire in the building, and on June 15 Muslim intruders pushed their way into the baptismal service and yelled obscenities, with one brandishing a knife and threatening to stab a parishioner.



More at:
http://morningstarnews.org/2014/07/hostilities-at-catholic-church-in-istanbul-turkey-leave-parishioners-fearing-worse/



The "religion" of peace strikes again.
Jul 24th 2014 new
(quote) Jack-752986 said: Hostilities at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey Leave Parishioners Fearing Worse
Congregation anxious after verbal assault, threats, and a lunge with a knife.
July 15, 2014

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) Members of a Catholic church in Istanbul fear an attack after Muslims verbally assaulted and threatened them during a baptismal service and destroyed church property in the last two months.

After two incidents at St. Stephanos Church, parishioners said they are waiting to see if hostilities will escalate into violence during what remains of Ramadan, when religious persecution has been known to increase in Muslim-majority areas. The annual Ramadan, an Islamic month of day-time fasting, ends in Turkey on July 28.

The two previous attacks have caused some members of an already small congregation to stop participating in services, at least temporarily. In May a group of young men under cover of darkness destroyed audio equipment, stole other items and set a fire in the building, and on June 15 Muslim intruders pushed their way into the baptismal service and yelled obscenities, with one brandishing a knife and threatening to stab a parishioner.



More at:
http://morningstarnews.org/2014/07/hostilities-at-catholic-church-in-istanbul-turkey-leave-parishioners-fearing-worse/



I had no idea that there was even a Catholic church in Istanbul; I thought they all pulled out with the name change from Constantinople...

Jul 24th 2014 new
(quote) William-607613 said: I had no idea that there was even a Catholic church in Istanbul; I thought they all pulled out with the name change from Constantinople...

The Catholic Church was in many places around the world.
Non-Catholics, for various reasons, do their best to drive Catholics away.

ISIS Expels 1600-Year-Old Christian Community from Mosul
global/2014/07/isis-torches-1800-year-old-mosul-church-after-expelling-christians/374834/
"The end of last month marked the first time a mass wasn't held in the city in more than 1600 years."

I don't know how true the above report is, but it is consistent with other reports that ISIS is driving Christians out of the city.





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