The scene outside a Catholic church in Istanbul, Turkey, where a reported armed attack took place on Jan. 28, 2024. | Credit: Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN

One Person Killed in Shooting at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Manhunt Underway

Jan 28, 2024

Bishop Massimiliano Palinuro, the apostolic vicar of Istanbul, told EWTN News on Jan. 28 that a parishioner was killed “during the consecration” in the attack on Santa Maria Church in Istanbul’s Sariyer district.

"God protected me and the Virgin Mary did not leave me": Survivor of Turkey Earthquake

Mar 1, 2023

Only a few hours after Bassel Habkouk, a young Lebanese Catholic and father of two, arrived for a visit in Turkey on Feb. 6, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country and nearby Syria.

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Angelus address on Feb. 19, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: God Asks us to Love Beyond "the logic of self-interest"

Feb 19, 2023

Instead of acting out of self-interest or convenience, the Lord challenges us to love others in excess “without calculation,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Pope Francis at his Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Contributes to Earthquake Relief Efforts in Syria and Turkey

Feb 15, 2023

Boxes of thermal shirts took sail from the port of Naples, Italy, destined for Turkey, on the morning of Feb. 15.

Pope Francis prayed for victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria during his general audience on Feb. 8, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Leads Hail Mary for Victims of Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Feb 8, 2023

Pope Francis concluded his public audience on Wednesday with a prayer for the intercession of the Virgin Mary for the thousands of victims of a deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Image of the Virgin Mary in the rubble of the Cathedral of Alexandria in Turkey, Feb. 6, 2023. / Credit: Facebook Antuan Ilgit SJ

Statue of Mary Untouched in Earthquake that Demolished Cathedral in Turkey

Feb 7, 2023

The image of Our Lady was unharmed in the quake that brought down Annunciation Cathedral in the city of Alexandretta in the Turkish province of Hatay.

A Syrian woman and her children warm by a stove at an emergency shelter in the center of the city of Maarat Misrin, in the rebel-held northern part of the northwestern Idlib province Feb. 7, 2023, one day after a deadly earthquake hit Syria and Turkey. / Photo by ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images

Catholic Aid Agencies Respond after Devastating Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Feb 7, 2023

According to the latest available estimates as of midday Tuesday, the 7.8-magnitude quake ​​has left at least 6,200 people dead in Turkey and Syria.

A woman reacts as rescuers search for survivors through the rubble of collapsed buildings in Adana, Turkey, on Feb. 6, 2023, after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s southeast. The combined death toll for Turkey and Syria after the region’s strongest quake in nearly a century is in the thousands. / Photo by CAN EROK/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis, Syriac Patriarch call for prayers after devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Feb 6, 2023

The series of earthquakes — up to 7.8 magnitude — killed an estimated 1,700 people and injured thousands more, with many people still trapped under the rubble Monday.

The apse of the 700-year-old Chora Church in Istanbul, Turkey. / Dosseman (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Turkey Turns Second Historic Istanbul Church into Mosque

Aug 22, 2020

A month after the former cathedral Hagia Sophia was converted from a museum into a mosque, another Istanbul church-museum, renowned for its exquisite Byzantine mosaics, will undergo the same transformation.