On the three-day trip, the Holy Father appealed for unity with the Orthodox Church and prayed at Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I praised how Pope Francis exercises his Petrine ministry as the head of the Catholic Church.
The Pope prayed at the Muslim mosque in Istanbul, alongside the grand mufti of Ankara.
Bartholomew I says Pope Francis’ presence in Istanbul is a symbolic ‘bridging’ of the East and the West.
The Holy Father delivered this message in his address today to Turkey’s Department for Religious Affairs, the nation’s highest Sunni Muslim authority.
Pope Francis addressed representatives of Council of Europe institutions yesterday in Strasbourg.
Pro-life leaders hope the Nov. 25 speech will assist in changing a continental mentality that fails to respect human life.