Another priest attacked in Turkey anti-Christian violence

An Italian priest who has lived in Turkey for 27 years is the latest victim in a string of violent attacks on clergy.

Asia News reports that the government is failing to act, dismissing the stabbing as the actions of a crazed individual.

Fr Adriano Franchini was stabbed in the stomach by a 19-year-old man who had expressed a desire to convert to Christianity and complained about the long procedure the Church in Turkey required for conversion.

However, the man allegedly told police he decided to stab the priest after searching the internet for information on Christian activities and watching a movie which focuses on alleged Christian propaganda and proselytising.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan offered the priest his best wishes for a quick recovery and criticised the man for his actions.

Prior to Fr Franchini's attack, Fr Roberto Ferrari was threatened with a knife in church, in October, 2006. Another, Fr Pierre Brunissen who was knifed in July of the same year. Both recovered unlike Fr Andrea Santoro who was shot to death on 5 February 2006 as he was praying in church.

Hate campaign leads to attack against priest (AsiaNews, 17/12/07)

Pope's sorrow for assassinated Turkish priest (CathNews 07/02/06)
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18 Dec 2007