ONLINE – Exequial mass on Tuesday, Dec.29 at 11:00 a.m.


To the Priests, Consecrated and Lay Faithful of the Apostolic Vicariate of Istanbul


On the evening of Tuesday, December 22, at about 11:13 p.m.,
our Brother and Father Bishop Rubén TIERRABLANCA GONZALEZ OFM, Titular Bishop of Tubernuca and Apostolic Vicar of Istanbul, passed away at the age of 68, called by our heavenly Father. He had been hospitalized at Koç University Hospital since December 2. 
In this sad circumstance, we present our condolences to his sister Mrs. Celia, to the Religious Family of the Friars Minor, to all his close collaborators and to the faithful of the Vicariate who mourn his loss. May the Lord reward our Brother and Father Bishop Ruben for the gift of his consecrated life in the service of the Church, and may the Lord Jesus receive him as a good and faithful servant in the joy of his kingdom. 


An exequial mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral absente cadavere, and burial will follow after the mass in Feriköy Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Seats are limited, and entrance to the cathedral will be allowed only to those who have an official ticket from their parish.


The ceremony will be broadcast on SAT-7 TÜRK. It is recommended that you participate primarily by attending the live broadcast on SAT-7 TÜRK.  For those who wish, it is possible to visit the Cathedral for a prayer of suffrage. 

Due to the limitations imposed by the pandemic, you may leave a message of condolence on this site:  


The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 34rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – A

Christ divides the sheep from the kids / Cristo divide le pecore dai capretti (Unknown, 6th century mosiac in Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo, Italy)
Christ divides the sheep from the kids / Cristo divide le pecore dai capretti (Unknown, 6th century mosaic in Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo, Italy)

Mesih İsa Evrenin Kralı Bayramı – Olağan devre – 34. Pazar Günü – A

Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo Re dell’Universo – 34ª Domenica del Tempo Ordinario – A

Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ Roi de l’Univers – 34ème Dimanche du Temps Ordinaire – A


Mons. Martin KMETEC, The President of CET announced the Eucharistic Year of Turkey in 2024

“The Church of Turkey wishes to know, love, serve and proclaim the Lord Jesus more and more and to recognize him present, like the disciples of Emmaus, in the act of breaking bread through the celebration of the Year of the Eucharist. We wish to deepen the faith of the church community on this Sacrament through catechesis and other means to participate more and more actively and consciously in liturgical celebrations, and to remember after eating the Bread of Heaven that we are called to share the earthly bread with all people in poverty and need.”

Mons. Martin Kmetec, President of CET and Izmir Metropolitan Archbishop published a congratulatory message for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey

In his message to the President of Turkey, Mons. Martin wrote that “On the happy occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Republic of Türkiye, I would like to
offer you the fervent good wishes of the Bishops and all Catholic Christians living in this nation”.

Appointment of the Auxiliary Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia (Turkey)

The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Father Antuan Ilgit of the Society of Jesus, hitherto Vicar General and Chancellor of the same Vicariate, as well as professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics at the St. Louis Section of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia (Turkey), assigning him the titular See of Tubernuca.

Curriculum vitae

H.E. Msgr. Antuan Ilgit was born June 22, 1972 in Hersbruck (Germany Federal Republic) to Turkish parents and grew up his early years in Germany and then moved to Turkey with his family. He received a four-year degree in Public Administration from the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Gazi Üniversitesi (Ankara) in 1994. After his first steps in religious life in the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (Province of Emilia-Romagna), he entered the Novitiate of the Society of Jesus (Province of Italy) in Genoa on November 1, 2005. In 2007, in Padua, he made First Vows. After a baccalaureate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (2008), he received a licentiate in Moral Theology with a focus in bioethics from the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University (2011). Sent then to the United States of America for special studies, he earned first a two-year Master’s degree in Medical Ethics from Saint Joseph’s University (2013) and then a canonical doctorate in Moral Theology from the School of Theology and Ministry of Boston College (2017).

In the course of his special studies, he was named a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education, Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society – Omega Chapter of Saint Joseph’s University and FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics).

Ė founding member of Friends of the Middle East odv.

He received presbyteral ordination from Em. Card. Giovanni Lajolo on June 26, 2010 in the Church of the Jesus in Rome. From September 2020 to April 2021 he did his final year of formation (Third Probation) in Salamanca, Spain. He made his Solemn Profession in the Society of Jesus on November 19, 2022 in Ankara.

During his life as a presbyter, he held the following positions: assistant pastor of the Turkish-speaking Catholic community of Meryemana Parish in Ankara; community bursar of the Jesuit Fathers (2010-2011); community animator, member of the formation team and spiritual father at the Pontifical Interregional Campanian Seminary in Naples (2017-2020); lecturer in Moral Theology and Bioethics at the St. Louis Section of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy (2017-present); national coordinator for youth and vocation ministry of the Turkish Bishops’ Conference (2022-present); Vicar General and Chancellor of the Apostolic Vicariate of Anatolia (2022-present).

Mgr. Sabri ANAR appointed as Archbishop of Diarbekir (Amida) of Chaldeans (Türkiye)

The Synod of the Church of Baghdad of the Chaldeans has elected Rev. father Sabri Anar as Archbishop of Diyarbakır (Amida) of the Chaldeans in Türkiye; this election was approved by his Holiness Pope Francis. Rev. Fr. Sabri Anar was currently the parish priest of the Chaldean community of Arnaouville (France).

Curriculum vitae

Mons. Sabri Anar was born on 1st of January 1966 in Uludere, Turkey. He studied at the Franciscan Minor Seminary in Istanbul and later, in 1985, entered the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad.

On 10th of November 1990, he received priestly ordination in Paris, where he began his pastoral service for the Chaldean community of the Île de France region. From 1990 to 2006 he was parish vicar of St. Thomas Apôtre in Sarcelles and subsequently become the parish priest of the same church.

Since 2016 he has overseen the Church of St. Jean Apôtre in Arnouville.

In 2017 he was appointed Corepiscopo in the Chaldean Church. He holds a Masters in Catechetics at the Institut Catholique de Paris.


22 Mayıs 2023 Yazarı: Şule Rogenbuke

P. Alessandro, the National Delegate for International Eucharist Congress entrusted to the intercession of St. Paschal Baylon, a franciscan religious who lived in Spain in 16th century, the way of the International Eucharistic Congress which will be held in Quito in 2024 and also the 1st National Eucharistic Congress of the Church of Turkey.