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With a Muslim population exceeding 97 percent of its total population, the Eurasian nation of Turkey has become a key target of international evangelism efforts. A democratic, secular state that claims full freedom of religion—albeit counterclaims of journalist intimidation and minority oppression—the nation’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia make it an important player in world politics. A small number of Roman Catholics, fewer Orthodox Christians, and still fewer Protestants live in Turkey. The nation contains several archaeological sites of Christian significance: Mount Ararat—the rumored location of Noah’s ark—Ephesus, and Antioch, among others.

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  • “I felt peace and infinite gratitude for being alive”
    Salvation Army representative Jostein Nielsen wounded in the Istanbul attack: “Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
  • A new church in Turkey: Build it | The Economist
    Last year the Syriacs were allowed to open a primary school where pupils will be taught in Aramaic, the tongue of Jesus Christ, for the first time. Thousands of church properties pinched by the state are being slowly returned. Formerly churches had to cut through endless red tape even to repair a leaky dome. In an unprecedented move, Mr Davutoglu has even appointed a Catholic Armenian, Etyen Mahcupyan, as an adviser.

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