Turkey: A “church with open doors” in an Islamic society

Archbishop of Izmir hopes for progress in the dialogue Today, even though Christianity has a tradition of almost 2,000 years of history in Turkey, after various waves of persecution, there are hardly any Christians left. In an interview with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN-ED), Archbishop Martin Kmetec of Izmir […]

ACN Interview – The Christian minority is under new pressure in Turkey

Abbot Aho Bilecen from monastery Mor Yakub d’Karno, Tur Abdin/Turkey Turkey “Christians are losing everything they own” by Tobias Lehner, ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada Published on the web February 10, 2020   The Christian minority is once again being put under pressure in Turkey. During the first half of January, the Syriac Orthodox […]

Turkey – 100 projects in the last 20 years

Even though Turkey´s Christian population is barely 0,3%, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has supported 100 projects in Turkey in the last twenty years ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin A significant amount of ACN´s help has gone towards Iraqi and Syrian refugees in the Eastern part of the country. Since 2010 […]

Being a Christian refugee from Iraq in Istanbul

By Sébastien de Courtois, Istanbul (Turkey) Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada  The Middle East is a small place. Turkey’s Eastern frontier rubs shoulders with those of Syria, Iraq and Iran. Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and since the eruption of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Turkey has found itself […]


Turkey An ecumenical visit above all By Sébastien de Courtois, Istanbul (Turkey) Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada  Montreal/Turkey, Thursday November 27, 2014 – Pope Francis will be in Turkey from November 28 to 30.  First, he is destined for the capital, Ankara, then to Istanbul to meet Patriarch Bartholomew.  This last meeting is […]

Turkey – Santa Sofia to become a mosque

“The elections are approaching, and the idea of converting the church of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a topic of great interest to a particular section of the population. Yet it is unimaginable that it could be turned into a mosque – despite the fact there have been changes to other secular aspects of […]