ISKENDERUN, Turkey, June 3 (UPI) -- A Catholic bishop's Turkish driver is suspected in the slaying of the cleric Thursday, Vatican officials said.
Bishop Luigi Padovese, 63, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, allegedly was stabbed when he opened the door to his slayer in his home in the southeastern Mediterranean port town of Iskenderun, Turkey, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
The Vatican's diplomat in Turkey, Monsignor Antonio Lucibello, confirmed Padovese had been killed.
"At the moment I don't have more detailed news. But from what I have heard, Monsignor Padovese's driver, (known as) Murat, is said to have confessed to (the alleged murder)," Lucibello, said. "It's strange because I have always seen the man as a person who was very devoted to Padovese."
"What has happened is terrible, especially when you think of other (attacks) in Turkey," said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman.
There have been a number of attacks in recent years on Turkey's small Christian minority, ANSA reported.
Padovese had been scheduled to leave Friday for Cyprus to meet Pope Benedict XVI and other Middle Eastern Catholic representatives.