Permission to pray in Turkey

Posted on July 9, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , |

Authorities in Turkey granted a special license for Mass and other services to be held in the sixth-century Church during the recent Year of Saint Paul. Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, told how new developments mean Christians will continue to hold services in the building, albeit on a provisional basis.

The final decision whether services will continue in the Church of St. Paul lies with the local authorities in Tarsus itself, who can make the current provisional permission for ongoing services definite.

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