Motive open

After the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese in Iskenderun, Turkey, charges have been filed against the alleged perpetrator. The 26-year-old Murat Altun, chauffeur of the clergyman, has confessed to the crime, said his lawyer Cihan onal, according to Turkish media reports on Friday. Speculation continues about the motive.

At the same time onal rejected representations, its mandator converted from Islam to Christianity. The 63-year-old Padovese, vicar apostolic in Anatolia since 2004 as well as president of the country's bishops' conference, was stabbed to death Thursday at his home. According to media reports, the suspected driver and bodyguard of the bishop, Murat Altun, said in police interrogation that he had followed a religious inspiration in committing the crime. His lawyer emphasized that Altun was mentally disturbed. This was also confirmed by the mother of the crime suspect. The Italian episcopal press service SIR, citing the vicar general of Iskenderun, Domenico Bertogli, reported Altun had been under clinical treatment for mental problems just over a month ago. According to Vatican press service asianews, doubts are growing in Iskenderun's Catholic community that mental illness should be the only explanation for the bloody deed. Several attacks on Catholics in recent years, attributed to mentally unstable youth, later revealed a Turkish nationalist and anti-Christian background, asianews said.

Funeral service on Saturday