Catholic Church in Turkey
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In the 2000s, there are around 35,000 Catholics, constituting 0.05% of the population. The faithful follow the Latin, Byzantine, Armenian and Chaldean Rite. Most Latin Rite Catholics are Levantines of mainly Italian or French background, with a few are ethnic Turks, who are usually either converts via marriage to Levantines or other non-Turkish Catholics, or are returnees from Europe who converted there, and who may often be still registered as Muslim by the government. Byzantine, Armenian, and Chaldean rite Catholics are generally members of the Greek, Armenian, and Assyrian minority groups respectively. Turkey's Catholics are concentrated in Istanbul.
Persecutions by Muslims
The Catholic community was shocked when Father Andrea Santoro, an Italian missionary working in Turkey for 10 years, was shot twice at his church near the Black Sea. He had written a letter to the Pope asking him to visit Turkey. Pope Benedict XVI visited Turkey in November 2006. Relations had been rocky since Pope Benedict XVI had stated his opposition to Turkey joining the European Union. The Council of Catholic Bishops met with the Turkish prime minister in 2004 to discuss restrictions and difficulties such as property issues. On June 6, 2010, Bishop Luigi Padovese, the Vicar Apostolic of Turkey, was killed.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Izmir
- Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia
- Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Istanbul
Armenian Catholic Archdiocese of Istanbul
- seat in Istanbul
- Cathedral: Holy Mother of God Armenian Cathedral Church, Istanbul
- Jurisdiction: Immediately Subject to the Holy See
- Armenian Catholic Archdiocese of Istanbul
- Byzantine Rite:
- West Syriac Rite:
- Chaldean Catholic rite:
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- The Catholic Church in Turkey by GCatholic.org