Italian Priest Stabbed By Youth After Mass in Turkey

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Father Adriano Franchini heads the Church of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus. (VOA)
Another Catholic priest is victim of bloody attack in Turkey.
ADN Kronos reported:

An Italian priest has been stabbed in the stomach in the Turkish port city of Izmir, allegedly by a disgruntled youth who wanted to convert to Christianity.

The Italian daily La Repubblica said Father Adriano Franchini, from the northern province of Modena had been missionary in Turkey for more than 27 years.

The 65-year old priest was stabbed outside his church after finishing mass on Sunday.

According to witnesses, the Turkish youth had been trying for three years to convert to Christianity and often complained about the long conversion procedures.

After mass, the youth reportedly approached the priest and stabbed him in the stomach. He fled but was later captured along with two other accomplices.

TV3 said that three people had been arrested.

In April, three Christians were tortured and killed at a publishing house that produces Bibles.

In February 2006, Father Andrea Santoro knelt down to pray shortly before celebrating the Mass in the little Santa Maria Catholic Church of Trabzon, in the north of Turkey, on the Black Sea, when a young man shot him in the back twice with a pistol, shouting out “Allah Akbar” (God is great.)

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