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On Turkey Visit, Pope Francis Urges Dialogue in Battling Fanaticism

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ISTANBUL -- In his first visit as pope to a predominantly Muslim country, Pope Francis said in Turkey on Friday that interreligious dialogue, more than just military action, was required to combat the "fanatacism and fundamentalism" that threaten


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Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 1:11 am
Maybe he should start within his own house with the hyper-conservatives among the Catholic hierarchy

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 12:32 pm
He did say, in this speech, that at least some Christians are part of the problem (and praised others who are part of the solution.) He has done some things to rein in some of the craziest, like getting them out of sensitive positions and back to Rome. He has taken steps to make it easier to identify and convict priest pedophiles. He's only the Pope, not God. He can't do everything at once.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 12:35 pm
Really! He should start with his Vatican first.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 12:59 pm
Noted. Thanks, Darren. Although I left the Catholic church years ago, I can't help but smile when I see the face of this Pope. Yes---as Joanne Dixon stated; he is trying his best. He has removed high-ranking Cardinals who were playing politics. I even read that a few weeks ago, members of his own family were killed in an accident. He is the antithesis of the previous pope; making statements and acting in opposition of Benedict's papacy. I wish him a long and healthy life.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 1:21 pm

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Sunday November 30, 2014, 1:26 pm

Roger G (148)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 2:08 pm
is it really possible to have a dialogue with people who are ready to blow themselves up in front of those they consider as "kufars" ?
I have some doubts...

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Sunday November 30, 2014, 2:43 pm

Stan B (123)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 4:31 pm
Roger is right. It's totally impossible to have any dialogue with Islamist maniacs.
Francis means well but doesn't understand what the world is up against.

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Sunday November 30, 2014, 5:23 pm

Walter F (128)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 5:36 pm
Roger and Stan apparently you haven't already heard. The visit of his holiness Pope Francis to Turkey has already had profound influence in the country .Erdogan has started wearing a crucifix and no longer prays daily to allah.,He now takes morning mass .with a catholic priest..Big changes are in the wind

Stan B (123)
Sunday November 30, 2014, 10:59 pm
Don't you mean that Erdogan is full of wind, Walter? After all his forebears discovered America.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday December 1, 2014, 12:51 am

Winn A (179)
Monday December 1, 2014, 4:10 pm
The Pope should start with his Vatican first
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