‘No Christmas or carol singing’ orders in Santa Claus’ homeland Turkey

‘No Christmas or carol singing’ orders in Santa Claus’ homeland Turkey
Istanbul Erkek Lisesi, also known as Istanbul High School, Istanbul 2011© Guillaume Piolle / CC “No more Christmas celebration and/or lessons on Christmas including carol singing is permitted, effective immediately”. An email on 13 December sent to about 35 German-funded teachers at Istanbul Erkek Lisesi (also known as Istanbul High . . . Read More

Turkey ‘promises’ first new church in 90 years

Turkey ‘promises’ first new church in 90 years
The Turkish government allowed the first Syriac pre-school to open in Istanbul in September 2014.Mor Efrem Syriac Preschool’s Facebook photo   The Turkish government has renewed its promise to allow the construction of a new church in Istanbul, a promise first made by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) . . . Read More

Finally, Istanbul gives Syriac Christians a place to build: a cemetery

Finally, Istanbul gives Syriac Christians a place to build: a cemetery
Three years after a Syrian Orthodox foundation applied to build a church in Istanbul, the Greater Istanbul Municipality has granted them a large plot of land and a building permit. Banner headlines in the Turkish media praised the early-December decision as “a first in the history of the Republic,” declaring . . . Read More