Catholic bishop reportedly stabbed in Turkey

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June 3, 2010 16:25

 
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ANKARA, Turkey — A Roman Catholic bishop has been stabbed to death in southern Turkey, the state-run news agency reported.

Luigi Padovese, the pope's apostolic vicar in Anatolia, was attacked in his home in the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, the Anatolia news agency reported. There was no immediate confirmation from the Vatican.

Private NTV television quoted police as saying the priest's driver is suspected in the killing, but it did not say if the driver had been arrested. The station said the priest died in a hospital.

The killing is the latest in a string of attacks in recent years on Christians in Turkey, where Christians make up less than 1 percent of the 70 million population.

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