Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Open Doors: Priest Beaten in Turkey

Muslim Youth Attacks Priest in Turkey

Last week, after Sunday services, a 19-year-old Muslim youth stabbed an Italian priest in the stomach outside a church in Turkey. Father Adriano Franchini, 65, was hospitalized overnight in the Aegean city of Izmir. The attack comes from a growing climate of violence against Turkey’s Christian minority population. According to Compass News, “Disputes sometimes result when Turks visit Catholic and Protestant churches; due to the popular notion that Christians will pay them to come to church or send them out to the West if they convert to Christianity,” said Monsignor Luigi Padovese, apostolic vicar of Anatolia.
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Please pray:
  • For the salvation of the young Muslim who stabbed the priest; pray that he may seek forgiveness for his sins. (John 17:3)
  • For Father Franchini’s quick recovery from his stab wound. (Psalm 37:39)
  • That our brothers and sisters in Turkey will continue to grow in faith and also in numbers. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Praying with you,
Christina and the Prayer Force Team

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