Thursday, March 10, 2011

Turkish Police Prevent Patriarch's Assassination; Arrest Two Suspects Planning to Kill Bartholomew

The Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (March 10, 2011) that Turkish police prevented an assassination attempt on Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I yesterday.

Two suspects -- ages 17 and 18 -- have been arrested in the assassination attempt.

The attempt occurred in the Fanar district of Istanbul, where the Patriarch's residence is located.

Muslim extremists -- who are opposed to Christianity in predominantly Islamic Turkey -- are believed to be responsible for the assassination attempt. Patriarch Bartholomew is the head of more than 300 million Orthodox Christians -- more than the number of Christians in all Protestant denominations combined -- throughout the world.

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