Tuesday, July 04, 2006


"The stabbing of the French priest in Samsun is an isolated gesture, but expresses an exasperated feeling against Christians, with false accusations of proselytism that are fuelled by some newspapers that are also attacking pope Benedict XVI's next visit."

"According to the Bishop in the country there is a strong nationalism that tries to distance Turkey from Europe. There are some lobbies of power that feel menaced by the possible entry of Turkey in the EU. So the Bishop says that it is important to investigate the incident. If it was only the gesture of an insane man or if there were some instigators. The Turkish nationalist press reports an interview to the stabber, presents him as a schizophrenic who is taking prescription drugs, and reports this statement: "The priest used to read me the gospel, and proposed me money and made pressures in order that I changed my religion". The bishop says that the Turkish nationalist press accuses the Church to make proselytism. Don Andrea Santoro (another murdered priest) was accused of proselytism too."
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia - News In English

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