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Pope calls trip to Turkey 'unforgettable'

Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that his recent trip to Turkey was an "unforgettable" experience that will hopefully lead to useful dialogue with Muslims. However, some Islamic leaders said the pope had not sufficiently made amends for his September remarks on Islam and violence.

The pontiff, who returned Friday from the four-day visit, made a special mention of Turkey's Catholic community during his traditional blessing from his window in St. Peter's Square that also marked the beginning of Advent, which starts four Sundays before Christmas and is the beginning of the ecclesiastical year.

Benedict said his trip was "an unforgettable spiritual and pastoral experience, which I hope will produce the fruits for an increasingly sincere cooperation between all of Christ's disciples, and a useful dialogue with Muslims."

"I would especially like to remember with affection the dear Catholic community that lives on Turkish land," the pope added. "I was able to celebrate Holy Mass with our brothers and sisters, who often find themselves in situations that are not easy."

Benedict's trip was originally envisioned as a pilgrimage to reinforce Christian bonds and reach out to Turkey's remaining Christians, including Catholics estimated to number between 20,000 and 30,000.

But after the pope gave a speech in September that angered many Muslims, it became a test of the Vatican's ability to mend ties with the Islamic world.

Muslims throughout the world reacted angrily — and in some cases violently — to the speech, in which Benedict quoted a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as "evil and inhuman," particularly "his command to spread by the sword the faith."

The pope sought to remake his battered image among Muslims during four days of speeches, sermons and a moment of silent prayer in a mosque while facing Mecca.

Benedict's visit to a mosque was only the second in papal history. His predecessor Pope John Paul II made a groundbreaking visit to the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus, Syria in May 2001.

Still, many religious leaders in the Arab world said Sunday that Benedict had yet to make amends for his remarks before relations could fully be restored.

A spokesman for Jordan's influential Muslim Brotherhood chapter labeled the pope's visit to Turkey as "futile," saying the Roman Catholic pontiff had yet to apologize completely to Muslims.

In Kuwait, Shiite cleric Abdul-Hussein Qazwini said he believed the pope's visit would have been more meaningful "if had it been made to a Muslim country such as Saudi Arabia or Iran," rather than to Turkey, Benedict's first visit to a predominantly Muslim country.

Qazwini called Turkey "a secular country, and said that the pope's visit there "had no effect on anything."

During his trip, the pope also made some sensitive demands: wider protection and rights for Christian minorities in the Muslim world, including Turkey's tiny communities whose roots go back to the apostles.

On Friday, he celebrated a Mass for members of Turkey's Roman Catholic community, which numbers no more than 30,000.

"I was able to meet and celebrate Holy Mass with these brothers and sisters of ours, who live in conditions that often aren't easy," Benedict said Sunday. "It is truly a tiny, varied flock, rich with enthusiasm and faith."

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He prayed in a mosque.. :rolleyes: He's just appeasing to Muslims after he told the blunt truth. His weakness in holding up his words while also on his knees with his lips all puckered up against the Clerics butt cheeks is funny as hell to me. Christians that follow him should be ashamed of such a weak figure head. Even more so the other day he prayed like a Muslim and even prayed towards Mecca. He's not a leader seemly but rather one that is in fear and instead of standing he's going into submission.

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He sold out but what do you expect from the Catholic church.. they are good at that.

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Pope calls trip to Turkey 'unforgettable'

Still, many religious leaders in the Arab world said Sunday that Benedict had yet to make amends for his remarks before relations could fully be restored.

A spokesman for Jordan's influential Muslim Brotherhood chapter labeled the pope's visit to Turkey as "futile," saying the Roman Catholic pontiff had yet to apologize completely to Muslims.

He might of thought it was worth a try, but, Islam has a nifty law that prohibits critisism of it's religion. How convenient.

He's wasting his time.

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Well I admire the Pope's efforts to bring peace amongst Christianity and Islam, now we also need more Muslim leaders to do the same.

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Catholocism is a joke. A bunch of pagans that worship Mithra and think they're christians. With their odd rituals and everything, I can see why their religion is dying.

So now it looks like the Pope is folllowing in the footsteps of John Paul II (Remember? the guy who kissed the quran!).

This pope is a weak cowardly old idiot.

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Well I admire the Pope's efforts to bring peace amongst Christianity and Islam,

Thats impossible. Islam will lead to the destruction of the world.

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However, some Islamic leaders said the pope had not sufficiently made amends for his September remarks on Islam and violence.

Can we expect the leaders who encouraged violence and even death against the Pope and his followers to make amends? I think not.

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Can we expect the leaders who encouraged violence and even death against the Pope and his followers to make amends? I think not.

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the other day he prayed like a Muslim and even prayed towards Mecca. He's not a leader seemly but rather one that is in fear and instead of standing he's going into submission.
Wouldn't it be something if the old coot converted to Islam before he kicks the bucket? Sure, I too doubt that he would do it but, he is doing more to placate the radical muslims than any Pope in years. Even more than JPII.

I actually have several problems with this guy as a Pope. First and foremost, wasn't he the one in charge of investigating the allegations of pedephilia among the American priests? On a more personal note, doesn't hte guy just look kind of creepy? Does anyone remember who it was on the UM that had an avatar of him turning into the Emperor from Star Wars? How very fitting. The guy just looks kind of crooked.

Malachi supposedly predicted every Pope from his time until the end of the church and has so far been right. He also predicted that Benedict the 16th is third from the last. If this fellow is the best that they've got to put up there, then they must really be scraping the bottom of the bucket. I see them running out of people that even the church would tolerate in a few more years.

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