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Pope: In mosque I prayed to the one God for all mankind
In today’s general audience, Benedict XVI recalled his prayer in Istanbul, not foreseen but very meaningful, and he augured that secular Turkey will guarantee full religious freedom and become a bridge of friendship between East and West. From Istanbul, Bartholomew I said he was sure the apostolic journey would bear fruit for dialogue among Christians.
30/11/2006 VATICAN TURKEY
In Istanbul's Blue Mosque the Pope prays for the brotherhood of humankind
In a relaxed atmosphere following weeks of tensions and fears that accompanied the Pope's arrival, Benedict XVI also visits Saint Sophia and the Armenian cathedral. Now it is time to wait for reactions in the Muslim world. From our special correspondent.
01/12/2006 VATICAN TURKEY
Pope back from Turkey pleased with progress in dialogue
The prayer in the Blue Mosque shows respect for Islam and should improve the situation of Christians living in Muslim countries. Reactions in the ecumenical Patriarchate to the visit are positive in terms of long-term ecumenism.
17/09/2006 TURKEY VATICAN
Pope's trip at risk as Turkey becomes less secular
The controversy surrounding the Pope's speech on the relationship between Islam and violence seems to have been planned to bolster Turkey's fundamentalist nationalism. Turkish Christians call on moderate Muslims to speak out if they don't want their country to betray Atatürk's legacy and democracy.
Pope "determined" to continue towards Christian unity
Audience with fraternal delegations of the Christian Churches and other religious confessions present yesterday at mass for the beginning of his pontificate. For the Catholic Church, ecumenism is a "duty". The "very special spiritual bond" that binds Christians to Jews. Twice repeated to Muslims "the importance of the promotion of friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions." Non-believers who seek the truth "our precious allies in efforts to defend the dignity of man."
Pope wears shoes in mosque visit, as he was told to
A thick carpet was laid on the pavement for him to walk upon. Meeting in the evening with priests, religious and laity of the Oriental Catholic Churches, Benedict XVI encouraged them to witness their faith, even outside the Christian community. Parents’ concern for their children “troubled by the negative influences so pervasive in our globalized world, including the destructive elements within the entertainment industry”.
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