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Communiqué from the General Delegate for Istanbul

28 January 2024

With much sadness, we have followed the news of the attack on the church in Istanbul on Sunday 28 January 2024.

The friars of our OFM Guardianate in Turkey have assured us that all are well and that our parish churches are safe. We thank our friars, our collaborators and the many people of goodwill who have expressed their concern and offered their prayers.

The church of St Mary in Büyükdere, in the district of Sariyer, which was attacked, is served by the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, who are dear brothers and close collaborators of the friars of our Guardianate.

We ask you to continue to pray for the peace of the Franciscan Order, the Church and the country of Turkey.

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