Pope Francis, using a biblical reference to missions of Saint Paul, says he hopes his forthcoming three-day visit to Turkey will promote peace and greater dialogue between religions. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis said on Wednesday (November 26) he hoped his visit to Turkey this week will bring "the fruits of peace." The pontiff leaves for a three-day visit to Turkey on Friday (November 28). "As you know this Friday until Sunday I will take part in my apostolic visit to Turkey. I invite everybody to pray that this trip of Paul to his brother Andrea will bring the fruits of peace, sincere dialogue between religions and understanding within the Turkish nation," Pope Francis told pilgrims in a wet St. Peter's Square during the weekly general audience. During his visit, the pope will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He will also meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the Orthodox churches that make up the second-largest Christian church family after Roman Catholicism. Turkey has become a refuge for Christians fleeing Islamic State militants in neighbouring Syria and in Iraq who have declared a "caliphate" in the territories they control and have killed or driven out large numbers of Christians, Shi'ite Muslims and others who do not subscribe to their hardline version of Sunni Islam. The Turkey trip would be Francis's third to a mainly Muslim nation, after Jordan and Albania.