Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/TURKEY – “I love Turkey”. Ten years ago the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, “man of communion”
Rome – “Even Luigi Padovese, just like St. John XXIII loved Turkey and loved the Turks”. This was underlined by Br. Luca Bianchi ofmCap, Dean of the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical Antonianum University, recalling the Capuchin bishop, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, killed in Iskenderun by his driver on June 3, 2010. Br. Bianchi, today at the helm of the Institute chaired by Padovese for 17 years, he also traced with his personal testimony the figure of his brother bishop, speaking at the commemoration organized online by the Tiber Institute on the tenth anniversary of his violent death. Luigi Padovese – said Br. Luca Bianchi – had a particular love for Turkey, which began long before his episcopal ordination, starting from his passion for apostolic testimonies and for the Church Fathers. “He – remarked Br. Bianchi – defined Turkey as the ‘Holy Land of the Church’. Just like Palestine is the Holy Land of Jesus, for him there was a “Holy Land” of the first spread of Christianity. Suffice it to recall that Antioch of Syria, currently in Turkish territory, is the first place where those who followed Jesus were called Christians”.