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Turkish Christians see hope in lawyer’s election to parliament

Catholic World News - June 15, 2011

One year after the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, Turkish Christians are welcoming the election of a Christian lawyer to parliament as a sign of hope of greater tolerance in the largely Muslim nation.

“The election of [Erol] Dora is really a good sign for the country,” said Father Lorenzo Pieretto of the Apostolic Vicariate of Istanbul. “Dora is known for, as a lawyer, often defending the Christians involved in trials and is a point of reference for the defense of their rights. There are other Christians in city councils, but a Christian in the national parliament has not been seen for several decades.”

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