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President Recep Erdogan in 2020 converted the former Byzantine church, the Hagia Sophia, back into a mosque.

How Difficult Is It to Be a Christian in Turkey? What You Need to Know

Several hundred thousand Christians reside there. About 25,000 of those are Roman Catholics, many of them migrants from Africa and the Philippines, according to a 2022 report by the U.S. State Department. Turkey’s status as a place difficult to be Christian has long roots, despite the country being one of the original places where Christianity flourished.

During his pastoral visit to Turkey, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a priest at the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in Mardin, the first in more than 110 years. Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan re-consecrates the church of the Syriac  Catholic Monastery of Saint Ephrem in Mardin, which was confiscated for the past 100 years. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople at his patriarchal seat in Istanbul.

For Syriac Catholics, Hope Prevails in Turkey

In his homily, the patriarch referred to the verse, ‘Look at Him and trust in Him’ inscribed in Syriac over the cross raised behind the altar, telling the faithful: ‘Our eyes are always on the crucified Jesus, and in Him we place all our hope.’