Assault on Catholic church in Istanbul : One dead

John Pinto | 29 January 2024

During Sunday mass in Istanbul's Santa Maria church, armed assailants opened fire, leading to one fatality in an apparent assassination attempt. Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya confirmed the attack by two masked men, emphasizing it seemed targeted at an individual, not the Catholic church. The victim, identified as C.T., lost his life in the attack. Pope Francis swiftly condemned the violence.