Newspapers allege Vatican plot to infiltrate Muslim world

Newspapers in Turkey have claimed that the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen is “a Trojan horse of the Vatican” in a conspiracy to spread Christianity across the region.

Already demonised in the country as the main figure behind the failed July coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the US-based cleric has now become the subject of further condemnation in a number of publications which claim variously that he is backed by the CIA and is the cardinal elevated ‘in pectore’ (in secret) by St John Paul in 2003.

The varying claims reportedly stem from the writings of journalist Agil Alesenger, who has alleged that Gulen is part of a plot by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to infiltrate the Islamic world.