Turkey Holiday shows Hope amid Persecution (Column)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist Martin Roth ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Covering the Christian persecution “beat” as a writer can be depressing. On a near-daily basis I receive newsletters from Christian groups such as Voice of the Martyrs and Barnabas Fund, and I scan the Internet regularly to check the latest developments. The news invariably seems to be bad, and getting worse. So it's refreshing to gain a different perspective.

NEWS WATCH: Turkey Demands Hungary’s Help for EU Membership

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary says it supports Turkey's efforts to join the European Union and that it will try to push Turkey's case when it assumes the bloc's rotating presidency next year. The announcement comes despite EU concerns over the treatment of the Christian minority and other controversies in the country.  Turkey's chief negotiator for talks with the European Union, Egemen Bagis, urged Hungary on Wednesday, October 27, to use its influence on Turkey's behalf.

Turkey Refuses To Release Jailed US Pastor

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ANKARA, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Friends and family members are praying for an American pastor who remains behind bars in Turkey on controversial terror and espionage charges after a Turkish court again denied a request for his release.

Turkish Memorial Services For Murdered Christians Amid New Attack

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Memorial services were held in Turkey Wednesday, April 18, for three Christian workers who exactly five years ago were murdered in the Turkish southeastern city of Malatya amid reports of a new attack during Easte

Turkey Lawyer In Christians Killing Case Facing Death Threats

By BosNewsLife News Center TurkeyVictimsISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- A lawyer supporting relatives of three Christians killed in southeastern Turkey remained in life danger Friday, April 12, after receiving death threats, rights activists said.

Critics Doubt Turkey’s Pledge To Return Church Properties

By BosNewsLife News Center
ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Turkey's government has pledged to return hundreds of properties confiscated from the country's Christian and Jewish minorities, but critics say the decree does not go far enough.

Turkey Uncovers Al-Qaida Plot To Bomb Churches

By BosNewsLife News Center ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Suspected members of terror group al-Qaida faced additional charges Saturday, December 10, including planning to bomb churches in the capital Ankara, Turkish media reported.    

Turkish Christians Fear Nationalism After Murder And Threat

By BosNewsLife News Center alman-turist-tinerci-tarafindan-bicaklandi-051ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Turkish Christians remain concerned about rising nationalism and hostility towards non-Muslims in Turkey, following the killing of a Christian businessman and the attack against an evangelist, BosNewsLife monitored Tuesday, August 11.

Turkey Christians Remember Murdered Evangelicals Amid Death Threats

By BosNewsLife News Center TURKEY-VATICAN-POPE-CATHOLICS ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians in Turkey were observing Thursday, April 18, the sixth anniversary of  the murders of three evangelical Christians in the Turkish city of Malatya, amid concerns about death threats against a legal counsel of the victims' families.

NEWS WATCH: Turkey Recalls Envoy After Germany Calls Armenian Massacre “Genocide”

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondentactivistsarmenia ISTANBUL/BERLIN (BosNewsLife)-- Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Germany to protest against the German Parliament's decision to declare the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide". The vote heightens German-Turkish tensions amid an ongoing refugee crisis.

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