Pope prays with Islamic cleric in Turkish mosque

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November 30, 2006 18:50

 
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Pope Benedict XVI prayed alongside an Islamic cleric in one of Turkey's most famous mosques Thursday in a dramatic gesture of outreach to Muslims after outrage from the pontiff's remarks linking violence and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. The pope bowed his head for nearly a minute after Mustafa Cagrici, the head cleric of Istanbul, said: "Now I'm going to pray." "This visit will help us find together the way of peace for the good of all humanity," the pope said before leaving the 17th-century Blue Mosque in only the second papal visit to a Muslim place of worship. Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II, visited a mosque in Syria in 2001.

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