VATICAN CITY — During Pope Francis’ Nov. 29 visit to Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, he paused for a moment of prayer alongside Ankara’s grand mufti — a moment of “interreligious dialogue” which mirrored that of his predecessor.
When they were under the dome, the Pope insisted: "Not only must we praise and glorify him, but we must adore him,” Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Nov. 29. “Therefore. it is reasonable to qualify this moment of silence a moment of silent adoration.”
“[It was] a beautiful moment of interreligious dialogue, and it the exact same thing that happened in 2006 with Pope Benedict; it was exactly the same.”
Father Lombardi offered his...READ MORE