Pope to visit religious sites

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Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Pope Francis visits two of Turkey’s most important sites and shifts gears toward more religious affairs as he arrives in Istanbul for the second leg of his three-day visit.

The Vatican says Francis will tour Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmet mosque today and pause for a moment of “reflection”. When Pope Benedict XVI visited Turkey in 2006 amid heightened Christian-Muslim tensions, the Vatican added a stop at the mosque at the last minute in a bid to show his respect for Islam.

The gesture was appreciated by many Turks, and Francis is set to follow in Benedict’s footsteps.

Francis will also visit nearby Haghia Sofia, the Byzantine church-turned-mosque that is now a museum. All eyes will be on whether he prays at the sensitive site.

Published: Saturday 29th November 2014 by The News Editor

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