View Full Version : Pope to visit Turkey next week!!

Sam L
Nov 24th, 2006, 03:23 PM
In Turkey, pope to meet with Orthodox, Muslim, government leaders
By Cindy Wooden
Posted: 11/24/2006

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although prayers and meetings with Orthodox leaders dominate the schedule of Pope Benedict XVI's Nov. 28-Dec. 1 trip to Turkey, he also will meet government and Muslim leaders.

The trip originally was designed as an opportunity for Pope Benedict to join Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople for celebrations in Istanbul of the feast of St. Andrew.

The pope and the patriarch send delegations to each other's churches each year for the celebrations of their patron saints' feast days: the Vatican's June 29 feast of Sts. Peter and Paul and the Orthodox churches' Nov. 30 feast of St. Andrew.

While the pope will pray with and meet privately with Patriarch Bartholomew Nov. 29 and attend his celebration of the Nov. 30 feast day liturgy, Pope Benedict also will meet in Istanbul with Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Jewish and Catholic leaders.

The first day of his trip, which will be spent in Ankara, the capital, will be dedicated to relations with the Turkish government, its office overseeing religious affairs and ambassadors serving in the country. The head of the department of religious affairs is Turkey's highest Muslim authority.

Source: http://www.thebostonpilot.com/article.asp?ID=3735

You can also see his itinerary on that site. I just hope things go well in the Ottomans' country.