Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - The Commission of Inquiry into the failed coup of July 15 is also collecting information on the visit of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen Fethullah Gulen - indicated by the Turkish authorities as the instigator of the failed coup - in the Vatican in February 9, 1998, and also met with Pope John Paul II.
Last week, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the Parliamentary Commission all the information gathered around that visit, which shows that the meeting between Gulen and the Pope at the time had been warned in advance both by the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ismail Cem, and the Embassy of Turkey to the Holy See. During the meeting, which lasted half an hour, Fethillah Gülen had also handed the Pope a invitation of the then Turkish President Suleyman Demirel to visit Turkey.
The information provided by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the failed coup last July does not add any "mystery" detail around Gulen’s visit to the Vatican. The decision to return to reconsider the affair, gathering information already known regarding its protocol aspects, follows the campaigns unleashed on Turkish media against expatriate preacher Gulen and his Hizmet movement, which as early as August, in some cases (see Fides 10/8/2016), attempted to involve the Holy See.
Journalist Mine Kirikkanat had gone so far as to insinuate that Fethullah Gulen could be the Cardinal created "in pectore" by the Polish Pope who died on April 2, 2005, and never made known by him. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 31/01/2017)