Istanbul, Sep. 18, 2006 (CNA) - According to parties on both sides, Pope Benedict XVI’s November trip to Turkey will continue as planned, despite violent reactions on the part of many Muslims to a speech he made last week.
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said yesterday that his government would not block the visit. “As far as we are concerned, there are no changes to the program,” Turkish news service Hürriyet reported...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Naturally, my concern is for the pope's safety. The major voices of Islam have made it very clear that they intend to kill him. Unless Turkey withdraws its invitation, I am absolutely sure he will go, simply because that's the kind of man he is. He'll have no regard for his own safety as he attempts to reach out to the Muslim world in peace and love. I just hope the "religion of peace" (Islam) doesn't repay the pope with a bullet to his chest.