Remains of the Armenians are so prevalent in the area that all you need to do is scratch the sand along the river banks and you will find pieces of human bones that have been there for 98 years.

The lack of respect given to the Armenian genocide is shocking when you consider the scope and brutality of the event that killed 75 percent of the Armenians — a predominantly Christian group.

The accounts of the atrocities committed against the Armenians is as brutal and disgusting as any you have heard about from Hitler’s attempts to exterminate the Jews from Germany and the world. Small children and old people were marched over mountains and in circles, without food and water, literally until they died. Young Christian girls were defiled by the Turkish soldiers. There are reports that many killed themselves after being raped. The barbaric treatment of the Armenian women went even further.

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Tomb of St. Philip the Apostle discovered in Turkey

The tomb of St. Philip the Apostle, one of the original 12 disciples of Christianity’s central figure Jesus Christ, has been discovered during the ongoing excavations in Turkey’s south-western province of Denizli.

Italian professor Francesco D’Andria, the head of the excavation team at the Hierapolis ancient city in Denizli, told reporters on Tuesday that experts had reached the tomb of St. Philip whose name is mentioned in the Bible as one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus.

Professor D’Andria said archeologists had been working for years to find the tomb of the Biblical figure, and finally, they had managed to reach the monument while working on the ruins of a newly-unearthed church in Hierapolis.

D’Andria said the structure of the tomb and the writings on it proved that it belonged to St. Philip the Apostle, who is recognized as a martyr in the history of Christianity.

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Christian and Jewish communities of Turkey are on alert following the murder of Catholic Bishop Luigi Padovese by his Muslim chauffer.

“With the brutal murder of Bishop Padovese, they have symbolically beheaded the Church in Turkey,” reads a heartfelt testimony by Fr. Martin Kmetec OFM Conv, Franciscan missionary and Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Turkey.

Fr. Martin told Fides: “As a Christian community, we have been hit very hard. Bishop Padovese was much loved and appreciated by all. Beheading him, they have symbolically beheaded Church. Christians are scared, terrified, and even bewildered after this tragic event. Today, our situation is very difficult. Many people wonder about what step to take next, whether they should emigrate, where to go… It was a serious act that will profoundly mark the sentiments of the Christian community in Turkey.”

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Explorers claim to have found Noah’s Ark. Watch video of the interior.

THE remains of Noah’s Ark have been discovered 13,000ft up a Turkish mountain, it has been claimed.

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say they have found wooden remains on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.

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Feast of the Annunciation Becomes National Holiday in Lebanon

The official decision to make the Feast of the Annunciation a national holiday was announced during a February 20th meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri. Shiek Nokkari remarked, “The first feeling I had was to offer this victory to Our Lady ‘Sitna Mariam’ (as she is known by Muslims), and I asked the organizers and all who participated in this not to take any credit, but to offer it to Our Lady. … Our Lady gave us this day. It is not us who is giving it to her.”

The Maronite Catholic Council of Bishops praised the government’s decision, saying it “helps in bringing hearts together.” Sheik Nokkari expressed his hope that the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation as a national holiday would spread to other nations…

…In America, the “land of the free,” Catholic iconography is outlawed in the public sphere. In the parliamentary democracy of Lebanon, wherein the top three governmental positions must be held by (1) a Maronite Christian (President), (2) a Sunni Muslim (Prime Minister), and (3) a Shi’a Muslim (Speaker of the Parliament), the Feast of the Annunciation has become a national holiday – via the dedication of a Muslim sheik to that end.

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Editor’s note: There’s lots of Catholics in Lebanon – about thirty-five percent of the population – some 1,300,000 souls in all. The majority of  Lebanese are Muslim – numbering about 2,000,000 – or fifty-five percent.

Headquarters of Turkish campaign for EU membership is confiscated Christian building

Unbelievable but true: the headquarters of the Secretariat for the entry of Turkey into the European Union is a building confiscated from the Orthodox Christian community in the 90s. The building is located in Istanbul, in the well-known area of Ortakoy, under the first bridge over the Bosphorus.

Before the seizure, the building was used as a primary school for children of the minority Orthodox in Ortakoy. Here once lived a thriving Orthodox community, now non-existent because of past purges against minorities, executed by the “secular” Turkish State.

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