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Tuesday, February 07, 2006


CATHOLIC PRIEST KILLED IN TURKEY 

Pope Benedict XVI prays that blood of slain priest in Turkey becomes 'seeds of hope' for fraternity

Pope Benedict XVI said Monday that he hoped the blood shed by a Roman Catholic priest slain in Turkey over the weekend would become the “seeds of hope” to build a lasting fraternity between peoples.
Benedict sent telegrams of condolences to church authorities in Italy and Turkey following the killing Sunday of the Rev. Andrea Santoro, 60, who was shot as he prayed in his church in the Black Sea port city of Trabzon, where he was the parish priest for a small Christian community.


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Turkish police arrested a high school student as the suspected killer on Tuesday, Turkey's semi-official news agency reported. Police refused to comment on the report.

Police captured the suspect in a raid in downtown Trabzon and also seized a gun, the Anatolia news agency said.

Benedict said he hoped “that the blood that he shed will become the seeds of hope for building an authentic fraternity among peoples.”

The gunman shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” – as he escaped, police and witnesses said.



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