Pope Expected to Arrive in Turkey in November Next Year
2013 /MİNHAÇ ÇELİK, İSTANBUL
Pope Francis, the religious leader of
the Catholic world, is expected to visit Turkey next year.
According to information gathered by Today's Zaman from sources close to the
Vatican, preparations are under way for the İstanbul visit of the new pope,
which is expected to take place in November in 2014.
İstanbul-based Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attended the
installation Mass of Pope Francis in Vatican City in March, in a
first-of-its-kind move since the 1054 break that led to the creation of the
Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic branches of Christianity, along with Turkish
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ.
Following the Mass, Bartholomew revealed that the new pope had told him he
wanted to pay a visit to Turkey. The pope's expected visit -- also considered a
reciprocation for that of Bartholomew -- bears great importance for the Catholic
and Orthodox churches, as the meeting in İstanbul between the pope and the Greek
Orthodox ecumenical patriarch, one of the leading figures of the Orthodox world
(also known as Eastern Christianity) is seen as a way of increasing dialogue
between Eastern and Western Christianity.
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