Pope begins official visit to Turkey
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI is in Turkey for his first trip to a Muslim country. The leader arrived in the Turkish capital under very tight security measures and had a brief meeting for 20 minutes with , . According to the official program of the Papal visit, Benedict XVI will also visit the mausoleum of , founder of the Turkish Republic.
Tomorrow, the Pope has scheduled to visitin order to meet with the spiritual leader of the Church, the in Fener, Istanbul. On the same day, during his stay in Istanbul, the Pope will visit the Church of as well as the .
The Pope's visit to Turkey has provoked anger from the side of Islam as a violent religion.who demomstrated in Ankara and Istanbul two days before Benedict's arrival. In a speech to an academic audience, some months ago, the Pope quoted a Byzantine Emperor who characterised
- "Pope Benedict to visit Turkey amidst anti-pope protests" — Wikinews, November 26, 2006