World Bulletin / News Desk
In an interview published on Thursday in the U.S.-based National Catholic Reporter, Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell talked about the defeated coup, the war in Syria and the refugee crisis, as well as Turkish-Vatican ties.
"In Turkey right now there is a lot of uncertainty," Russell, the Vatican's apostolic nuncio to Turkey and Turkmenistan, was quoted as saying. "But there's a hope that this event … as painful as it has been, that somehow it can bring people together."
"The entire people of Turkey are absolutely united to defend their country and their democracy," the envoy said. "There are many divisions but this event really brought people together, the whole population."
"It's something quite extraordinary," he went on to say. "The hope is that these values which unify the people of Turkey can be built upon for greater good in the future."
The Vatican envoy also shared his thoughts on being in Turkey's capital Ankara on the night of the coup, said the July 15 coup attempt "was very traumatic for the people of Turkey".
"We heard the bombings, the explosions. It was a night of fear; I'd say even terror, and a night of blood."