Pope confirms Turkey trip


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The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Turkey next month, allaying fears the trip may have been cancelled after his recent remarks about Islam provoked protests around the world.

The Vatican press office said on Sunday that the visit, the pope’s first to a Muslim country since taking office in April last year, would take place from November 28 to December 1.


Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, said in a religious television programme that “the desire of the pope, the holy see and the Catholic church is to continue dialogue”, the Ansa news agency reported.

Catholics and Muslims can and should share values “which are essential for the fate and future of humanity”, he said, adding that this was what should be read into the pope’s address last month.

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