[QODLink]
Europe
Turkey church opens to worshippers
Religious services at 10th century Armenian church for one day seen as symbolic gesture by government.
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 08:55 GMT

The Church of the Holy Cross church on Akhmadar Island, Turkey opens for first mass in ninety five years [AFP]

Approximately 2,000 Armenian Christians are expected to worship at the church of the Holy Cross, a 10th century Armenian church on Akdamar Island in Turkey for the first time in 95 years.

The church was closed in 1915 and reopened as a museum in 1997. It is reopening for religious services for one day as a symbolic gesture by the Turkish government.

As the small church can only accommodate 50 people, big screens and loudspeakers have been put outside to facilitate the expected 2,000 worshippers.

Last month, the government also allowed the celebration of mass at the Sumela Greek Orthodox monastery. Religious services there had been banned for 88 years.

The historical mass is expected to start at 0800 GMT and finish at 1000 GMT. It will be broadcast live by the Turkish state broadcaster.

Source:
Associated Press
Topics in this article
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
join our mailing list