BBC NEWS | Europe | Pope makes Turkish mosque visit: "The demonstrators warned that any hint of a prayer there would be deeply offensive, but the Pope refrained from any religious gesture, such as praying or crossing himself.
The tour of the Blue Mosque - across the square from Hagia Sophia - was a last-minute addition to the schedule.
Having removed his shoes, the Pope paused for a full two minutes, eyes closed in prayer, standing side-by-side with the Mufti of Istanbul and the Imam of the Blue Mosque.
Pope Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II, is the only other pontiff to have visited a mosque, during a trip to Damascus in 2001."
Thursday, November 30, 2006
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