Thursday, June 3, 2010

Catholic Bishop in Turkey Stabbed to Death; His Driver Is Arrested for the Alleged Murder

A Catholic bishop in Southern Turkey was found stabbed to death today (June 3, 2010), and his driver was arrested for the alleged murder, the Earth Times website reports.

Bishop Luigi Padovese, the Vicar Apostolic for the Anatolia region since 2004, was found dead in his summer home in the city of Iskendrun, in the Hatay region on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

The Hatay region is home to an ancient -- but dwindling -- community of Christians who have lived in the area since Roman times.

In recent years, nationalist extremists in Turkey have attacked or kidnapped Christian clergymen in the country on several occasions.

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