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Syria: Large Numbers of Assyrian Christians Flee the Civil War

Syria: Large Numbers of Assyrian Christians Flee the Civil War

The growing presence of fighters from radical Islamic groups battling the Syrian regime is increasing pressure on Syria’s ancient Assyrian Christians, many of whom are fleeing to neighboring Turkey.

Turkish Leaders Aim to Turn Hagia Sophia Back into a Mosque

Turkish Leaders Aim to Turn Hagia Sophia Back into a Mosque

A senior Turkish minister’s call to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia – now a museum — back into a mosque has provoked a religious and diplomatic row. The Hagia Sofia, which was originally built as a church, remains an important symbol of Christianity for many Christians.

Turmoil in Turkey won’t disrupt Outreach

Turmoil in Turkey won’t disrupt Outreach

While protesters and police furiously clash in Istanbul, there is a pastor who quietly continues his ministry. Nicholas* lives and works in Taksim, the epicenter of the increasingly violent encounters of recent days in Istanbul. In the most recent clashes Nicholas’ home filled with so much tear gas that his children had to abandon their bedrooms to sleep in the living room, where it was bearable.

Protests against Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Continue

Protests against Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Continue

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains unapologetic to protestors. He labels them as “looters,” “bums,” “extremists,” and social media liars. IN Network has Christian national staff on the ground in Turkey observing the situation.

Turkey’s Christians Could Face Nationalist Backlash

Turkey’s Christians Could Face Nationalist Backlash

Religion was kept out of the public square for centuries in Turkey, but the country has become more Islamic with the “Islamic-oriented” AKP government in power for a decade. Turkish nationalists – the main persecutors of Christians and who believe in secularism – have become more active out of their disappointment, and could turn their anger towards religious minorities.

Christianity’s Struggle to Resettle in Turkey

Christianity’s Struggle to Resettle in Turkey

Turkey is the place of birth for one of the most ancient Christian populations in the world, the Suriyani, many of whom had to flee during recent conflict. For some years they’ve been returning, but struggle to resettle. Syriac Christians have lived in these parts since the dawn of their faith. Viewed by them as […]