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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  • olm

    Yeah, was the mentally ill driver Catholic?

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  • olm

    No religion given for the mentally unstable driver but the article does detail the deadly nature of being a Christian in Turkey.

  • bitterclinger

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

    Understatement of the year.

  • gus

    Obviously this is another KKK or TEA BAGGER CRIME.

    Islam the Religion of peace.

  • wanumba

    Breaking news:
    Egyptians open Egypt/Gaza border to allow Gazans “relief”.

    What did the Egyptians get for this humanitarian act?

    Egypt border security soldier shot and killed by Palestinians.

  • Opaobie

    The obvious connection will be that he, like the nutjob cab driver in England who went on a killing spree, were both DRIVERS…Holder will be right on it, so cabbies and Chauffeurs (unless you are illegal aliens or Muslims), get ready for some “profiling”.

  • TalkinKamel

    Yes, I know, Wanumba!

    The Palestinians are just so filled with love, and gratitude, for those who help them! /Sarc.

    However, for some weird reason, they garner more sympathy than, say, persecuted Christians, blacks in Darfur, Tibetans or anybody else on the planet!

    They are, indeed, the uber-victims!

  • Opaobie

    …a lot of good it did the Vatican to join with the jackels in condemning Israel for simply defending themselves. Appeasement buys you NOTHING with Muslim terrorists.

  • Darwin Akbar

    I am surprised that “Turkish anger over Israel’s cruelty against Turks and Palestinians” has not been brought up just yet…but it’s early.

  • TalkinKamel

    yeah, the Vatican sure gained a lot by that appeasement, didn’t it?

  • bg


    down with dems @ 9:51 am #12

    Accommodation as an Islamist Political Instrument

    [Political Islam’s ideological battle fronts are many. They can include the obvious like the liberation of Iraq or the rampant domestic and foreign policy speeches given under the guise of Friday sermons in mosques around America. However, an ideological front which is gaining traction among Islamists is that of religious accommodations (or demands) in our free society. Every week, it seems we are seeing new iterations of the same issue. Soon we must all ask — at what point do Muslim requests for accommodations to religious practices and beliefs cross the line of the fundamental basis of American liberty and freedom?


    This behavior and Islamist commentary which exploits personal practices of the Muslim faith in order to make public statements and impose the mandates of one’s personal faith upon general society is classical behavior for Islamists. We saw it with the flying imams and now we see it with demands for the accommodation of an entire school time schedule for Muslim prayer obligations.


    There is no greater laboratory of religious liberty and freedom than in
    the United States. Most of our parents escaped our motherlands in order
    to practice our personal spirituality more freely here than in so-called Muslim lands. They did not come to exploit and impose. American freedoms and openness to accommodate will be exploited by Islamists seeking a Muslim body politic. This will all continue as long as other non-Islamist and anti-Islamist Muslims stay silent to the exploitation
    of Islam for the Islamist political agenda.]

    much more here..


  • bg


    Gail F @ 10:13 am #19

    [He was assaulted on Thursday in his house in Iskenderun,
    located in Hatay province, the Vatican said.]

    as you can see, CNN’s report is quite contrary to yours..

    you have something to back your “facts” up??



  • Barack Obama

    the bishop acted stupidly

  • Ladue Pundit

    We are all suspicious of Islam these days but please, wait for the facts.
    Ok. Let’s wait. How long?

    Where will we get “the facts?”

  • Opaobie

    Keep it up, Turkey, and the Olympics may be held in Constantinople someday.

  • bg


    re: Gail F @ 10:13 am #19 @ bg #33

    never mind..

    olm @10:24 am #23

    thanks for the link..

    ps: Gail, as far as Isamists go, it changes nothing.. why do you think we sometimes “jump to conclusions” when it comes to Christians being murdered in an Islmaic country?? i’ll tell you why because 9 3/4 out of
    10 times the conclusions are correct..


  • bg


    re: bg #37

    btw, i don’t mind staying i smell a bit of a cover up.. i mean, the focus
    of anger must be directed at Israel at all costs at this juncture..


  • Opaobie

    Maybe this is the “facts” we have been waiting for.

    President of Turkish bishops’ conference stabbed to death

    By Carol Glatz and Cindy Wooden
    Catholic News Service

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The president of the Turkish bishops’ conference, Bishop Luigi Padovese, was stabbed to death June 3 at his home in Iskenderun, said the Vatican nuncio in Turkey.

    Archbishop Antonio Lucibello confirmed the death of the 63-year-old bishop, reported Vatican Radio.

    The bishop’s driver was arrested as the prime suspect in the murder and confessed, Vatican Radio said.

    Deniz Kilicer, councilor at the Turkish embassy to the Holy See, told Catholic News Service that the embassy was told that Bishop Padovese had been killed by his driver and close friend, Murat Altun, a Christian.

    Altun “was under psychiatric treatment for the past month and Msgr. Padovese was taking him to the hospital for his treatment” when he attacked the bishop, she said.

    The attack occurred about 1:30 p.m., and the bishop was rushed to the hospital and died about an hour later, she said.

    Citing the bishop’s longtime assistant, Sister Leonora, who said Murat had been showing signs of depression and confusion for several days, Vatican Radio said the murder did not appear to have a political or religious motive.

    Kilicer, who knew Bishop Padovese, described him as “very charming, very intelligent. He was one of the best experts on St. Paul.”

    “As an embassy, we are shocked,” she said. “We lost a friend of Turkey.”

    Citing local Turkish media, Vatican Radio reported the driver had been in Bishop Padovese’s service the past five years and that the presumed killer’s motives were not political or religious but driven by mental illness.

    Archbishop Lucibello told Vatican Radio that the incident “has left us thunderstruck.”

    He said the bishop was extremely dedicated to establishing dialogue between West and East with annual symposia and other initiatives.

    “He will be a great loss,” he said, adding that he hoped his death would not mark an end to the many interreligious and ecumenical projects he ran for years.

    Bishop Padovese, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, was scheduled to be in Cyprus June 4-6 with Pope Benedict XVI and was to receive from the pope the working document for the special Synod of Bishops on the Middle East. The bishop had been part of the synod’s planning council.

    Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said, “What has happened is terrible and leaves us deeply upset and naturally in much pain.”

    The murder occurred on the eve of Pope Benedict’s trip to Cyprus to offer encouragement to the Christian community in the Middle East, the spokesman said.

    The bishop’s murder really drives home “how absolutely urgent and necessary the solidarity of the universal church and support for these Christian communities are,” he said.

    Bishop Padovese was a man of the Gospel giving witness to the life of the church in sometimes difficult situations, said Father Lombardi.

    He said the bishop’s courage reminds people of the murder of Father Andrea Santoro, who was murdered in Turkey in 2006 by a young man suffering from psychological disturbances.

    “We pray that the Lord will reward (Bishop Padovese) for his great service to the church, that Christians would not be discouraged and that, following his strong witness, they will continue to profess their faith in the region,” the spokesman said.

    Bishop Padovese was also president of Caritas Turkey. The president of Caritas Internationalis, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa said, Bishop Padovese “was a gentle, dedicated and courageous leader and pastor.”

    “The violence of his death is shocking. The whole Caritas family unites in prayer for the family and friends of Msgr. Padovese,” said Cardinal Rodriguez.

    Born in Milan, the bishop joined the Capuchins and was ordained to the priesthood in 1973. He was named a bishop and apostolic vicar of Anatolia in 2004.


  • Ladue Pundit

    Remember, the U.S. government’s official position on Major Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood mass murderer, is still “he just snapped.”
    Gail F
    June 3rd, 2010 | 10:13 am | #19

    We are all suspicious of Islam these days but please, wait for the facts.
    Gail, have you drawn any conclusions about the Fort Hood massacre? I hear Hassan is pleading innocent. Do you have enough facts?