ROME – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the Vatican announced Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the pontiff will be able to travel near the border with Iraq to express his concern with the violence in the region, as he’s expressed an interest in doing.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, confirmed that Francis will make the Turkey trip, which will come just three days after the pontiff travels to Strasbourgin France to address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.
Among other items on the official itinerary, Francis is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 28; to visit both the historic Christian basilica of Hagia Sophia, which is now a museum, and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul!
Blue Mosque – Pope Benedict XVI’s visit and silent meditation
Pope Benedict XVI visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque on 30 November 2006…
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