Turkey requests Saint Nicholas bones from Pope Francis

Santa Claus Peace Council writes to Pontiff

27 December, 10:02

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 27 - The Turkey-based Santa Claus Peace Council has said it has written a letter to Pope Francis, requesting the return of the bones of Saint Nicholas, as daily Hurriyet reported. Council Chairman Muammer Karabulut said they were expecting Pope Francis to give a positive response to their request to have a meeting on the bones, which are currently in Bari, Italy. "We have been struggling for the return of the bones since 1995. State institutions have also been involved in this struggle," Karabulut said. "So far, we have not reached a conclusion." Saint Nicholas, a historic Christian saint, died in 343 at the age of 73 in Demre, currently a district of the Mediterranean Turkish province of Antalya. His habit of performing miracles and his reputation of giving secret gifts to the faithful made him a model for Santa Claus. (ANSAmed).

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