Turkish Catholic leader killed in 'ritual Muslim sacrifice'

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The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Turkey, killed last week by his driver, was decapitated in a "ritual Muslim sacrifice," the head of a missionary news agency said.

After the murder of Luigi Padovese, the driver reportedly shouted from the roof of the victim's house that he had killed the "great Satan," adding Allah Akbar ("God Is Great"), a Turkish journalist told AsiaNews.

The news agency for overseas missionaries said Padovese "was stabbed in his home, and managed to leave his home to ask for help," AsiaNews director Bernardo Cervellera told Italy's Sky TG24 all-news television channel.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, contacted by the religious news agency I-media, said he was awaiting clarification of the reports but would neither deny nor confirm them.

Turkish news reports said the 26-year-old alleged killer, Murat Altun, had been released from a psychiatric ward a few days before the murder.

He told police he had had a "divine revelation," the reports said.

Local authorities have ruled out a political motive in the killing, and Altun's lawyer and mother both said he had psychological problems.

The 63-year-old Italian bishop, Vicar Apostolic of Anatolia since 2004, was killed at his summer house in a Mediterranean seaside town near Iskenderun, close to the Syrian border in southern Turkey.

Pope Benedict XVI said shortly after the murder that it was "certainly not a political or religious murder but rather a personal affair."

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/turkish-catholic-leader-killed-in-ritual-muslim-sacrifice/631427/
 

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These fanatic people need to be locked down in solitary confinement and the keys thrown away. Divine revelation my foot.
 

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I would have thought they would be killing Jews. Any target will do I guess.
 

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Seriously, this guy is definitely a Lunatic, not a follower of any Religion or anything! And Whats with the Muslim Sacrifice Ritual? Islam doesnt have Human Sacrifice!

This sounds more like the guy who killed Rabin, citing Divine Message! Sad!!! May he Rest In Peace!
 

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On the path to Extremism. Good luck Turkey
 

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Looks like Turkey finally decided to respect Pervez Musharraf's dream to make Pakistan like Turkey....
 

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Pope Benedict XVI said shortly after the murder that it was "certainly not a political or religious murder but rather a personal affair."
Maybe Pope downplays it not to provoke religious sentiments. Exactly it's just personal

Always incomprehensive for people from a secular background
 

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