Rescuing and serving persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

ICC: More troubling news out of Turkey

A priest is beaten in Izmir , to the cries of “we will kill you all”
Asia News

This latest attack targets a Slovenian friar and comes the same day the Vatican confirms Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey , scheduled for November.
Ankara (AsiaNews) – With the battle cry “we will kill you all” a group of youths launched themselves in attack on a Franciscan friar in Izmir (the ancient Smyrna ). The attack took place within the confines of St. Helen’s parish.

Speaking with evident emotion, Msgr Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, says “The boys grabbed him by the throat shouting “we will kill you all””. According to the bishop this latest aggression is “fruit of rampant fanaticism”. The attack took place within the monastic compound. The priest, who hails from Slovenia , is Martin Kmetec.

Msgr Padovese says that brother Kmetec reported the incident to local police but “they took little heed of the attack”.