My most recent article for WORLD magazine takes a look at Turkey and the prime minister’s recent promise to allow the first new Christian church since the formation of the Turkish republic.
The Turkish government has promised to allow Christians to build a new church in Istanbul, the first in almost 100 years. But skeptics say laying the first brick could be a long way off. The government made the same promise six years ago, and church leaders are still waiting.
In a meeting with members of Christian minority groups, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the government will allow the construction of the Syriac Orthodox church, the first since the Turkish republic formed in 1923 at the end of the Ottoman Empire.
“I know what you want,” Davutoglu reportedly told the Syriac representative, Yusuf Çetin. “Let me tell you before you say it. We will take the necessary steps to resolve the church problem.”