Catholic Bishop Stabbed to Death in Southern Turkey

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Catholic Bishop Luigi Padovese was stabbed to death today in southern Turkey.
CNN reported:

A Catholic bishop has been stabbed to death in southern Turkey, the Vatican Embassy in Ankara confirmed on Thursday.

The victim was identified by the Vatican as Luigi Padovese, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia. He was assaulted on Thursday in his house in Iskenderun, located in Hatay province, the Vatican said.

Church officials expressed “shock and sorrow” over the death of Padovese, also the president of the Turkey Bishops Conference

“I can only express an immense pain over this violent act that has taken us by surprise,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

“The tragedy of this event shows the difficulty that the Christian community endures in the Middle East region.”

Roman Catholics in Turkey “occasionally have been subjected to violent societal attacks,” according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a U.S. government agency.

The group’s latest report cites the February 2006 shooting death of “an Italian Catholic priest” in Trabzon by a boy “angered over the caricatures of the Muslim prophet in Danish newspapers.”

Archbishop Luigi Padovese, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Turkey, invited Christians to make a pilgrimage to Tarsus, the birthplace of St. Paul, as part of their celebrations for the Pauline year in 2008.

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  • Joanne

    I wonder if he was killed because he was a Christian? I crack myself up, but I’m not laughing.

    Muslims persecute Christians everywhere; Muslims and Christians cannot co-exist, just like Satan and Jesus Christ cannot, and considering Satan’s time is short, he is very busy.

  • bg


    my condolences to his family & parishioners..

    R.I.P. Bishop Luigi Padovese ..

    fact is, it’s nothing new in the Cowardly Islamist world we live in..

    and thanks to president Hussein, expect these occurrences to not only escalate, but they will be coming to a theater near you sooner than you think..

    “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” ~ B Hussein O


  • PB-in-AL

    I pray that he was received with joy and is now at peace.
    “…by a boy “angered over the caricatures of the Muslim prophet in Danish newspapers.””

    The fact that that even passes as an excuse for murder is simply pitiful.

  • Militant Conservative

    Joanne, very very short. prepair for a rough ride.
    powder is dry.

  • olm

    Absolutely, bg.
    I really think, and have repeated to family, neighbors and friends, the ME stories are the most important of the latest avalanche of news.
    The Islamists are emboldened by our president in diapers and are on a roll. This not only about Isreal. This is about anyone who is not Muslim. Including the ignorant left in this country.

  • Patman

    this will now become acceptable. it starts with just one, then spreads like cancer.

    the media will say he had it coming, like how a rape victim was asking to be raped because her dress was short and she was moving her hips while dancing…

  • LimoLibsStink


    What is wrong?

    When I was a young man I traveled to Pakistan and studied how to hate the White Catholics. I proudly stuck my butt in the air and learned how to hate Catholic America… well hate America in general. The American Military is always mucking-up good Muslim countries.

    Then I met Louis Eugene Walcott Fericon. I learned how to hate and cheat Americans all in one stroke. Just ask Barney Frank. He BF me and the deal was sealed.

    Not to avoid unpleasant questions but, I have asked Eric Holder to look into the
    Blagojevich case and make recommendation how we can free this good man.

    My limousine is running and I have a meeting with Fericon and Holder. I am sure something can be worked out – if you catch my drift. I cannot answer anymore questions until Rod “Bag Man” Blagojevich is off the hook – or dies a mysterious death… America and its police suck. Good day.

  • bg


    just wait until the Cordoba Mosque is
    built on NYC hallowed ground.. *sigh*

    the Marxist (by any other name) cohorts, namely tha Islamists are here, they are entrenched in our governmental institutions, our educational institutions, our judicial institutions, and our media/press et al.. not to mention in jihad training camps nationwide or Islamic Schools & mosques..

    we may not have a leader, but the Islamists most certainly do.. as to whether or not Obama is Muslim is totally irrelevant at his stage of the game.. as he is blatantly (aka: in plain sight, right under our noses) aiding & abetting Islamists.. they are laughing at US, fools that we be, and i dare say deservedly so since we’re not only allowing Obama to destroy our country, but the Marxists assisting him retain power..

    all i have to say is.. it had better be a
    hell of a November, or we’ll be in it..


  • down with dems

    So is this a man-caused disaster too?

    Does this event bother you? It’s one more small step toward the Islamicization of the entire world. You’re seeing the future… can’t say you didn’t see it coming, once you’re hauled into a Sharia court, or under a burqa, or blown to bits, or decapitated.

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  • CLN

    Catholics should not be on muslim land (sarc) and they have the nerve co come here ad demand that we accept them.

    This country will die of tolerance

  • down with dems

    CLN #11

    That’s EXACTLY what they believe. Christians have no business in their country and must be killed, but the West must accept the influx of Muslims and accommodate them because the ultimate goal is complete Islamic takeover of the entire world, Islamic law in every country. Of course they think they should be able to come here and be accommodated and protected, they are the chosen ones. Every mosque that goes up, every South Park episode that gets censored, every cartoonist that gets threatened… one step closer to Islamic rule.

    Convert or die, there is no other way.

  • jomojava

    Waiting for the idiotic instructions that we should not jump to conclusions.

  • Andreas K.

    There won’t be any outrage. You know why?

    First of all, he was an infidel pig. Secondly, he was a Catholic. Thirdly, he was a catholic priest, thus the left sees him as a child rapist anyway.

    Knowing the left wing they might actually celebrate this cowardly murder.

  • Andreas K.

    June 3rd, 2010 | 9:02 am | #1
    I wonder if he was killed because he was a Christian?
    That’s exactly the reason.

    Same is happening in Egypt, Iraq, and in every place where the death cult of Mohammed spreads.

  • Jayne on the left coast

    The aftermath of the rampaging, burning cars and homes and killing by the Christians…. oh never mind.

  • Opus #6

    Over half, about 400 of the Terror Flotilla people were from Turkey. I’m seeing a pattern here.

  • Edouard

    Catholicon I hope you’re being facetious. I don’t know how you or any sane person could laugh at this.

  • Gail F

    He was stabbed by his driver who worked for him for four years but was mentally ill. According to CNS, he was driving (ironic, eh?) the driver to his doctor when the man lost it and attacked him.

    We are all suspicious of Islam these days but please, wait for the facts.

  • Andreas K.

    Mentally ill.

    Some Albanian nutjob shot a Belgian judge and a civil servant in Brussels earlier today. He was also “mentally ill.”

    This mental illness has a name: islam