Friday, September 5, 2014
Pope's Turkey Trip and An Absurd Attack on Pope Francis
Absurd accusation from Turkey: Head of state religion Office raises Francis before, not doing enough to defend the Islam
Rome / Istanbul (CBA) Reportedly, later this year Pope Francis wants to undertake a visit to Turkey and participate in Constantinople on Orthodox on the Patronal Feast of St. Andrew. Various media reports were not unfounded, it said on Friday from the Roman Church circles. A month ago there had been evidence of the Pope's participation from the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the celebrations on 30 November at the Phanar, the official residence of the Patriarch. Originally, it was named for 2015 as a possible date for the Pope's visit for the Feast of St. Andrew's.
As already his predecessor John Paul II. in 1979 and Benedict XVI. in 2006 Francis should start with a protocol-related Turkey visit to the capital Ankara. Benedict XVI. had also made a trip to the tomb of Mary at Ephesus, above the port city of Izmir in his three-day visit to Turkey. At that time, the trip took place after the discussion of the Regensburg speech of the Pope where misleading quotes on Islam and violence contributed to more objectivity.
Currently, statements by Mehmet Görmez have made headlines in Turkey. The head of the National Religion Office, who reports directly to the Turkish Prime Minister, accused Francis mid-week, of not doing enough in defense of Islam.
There were attempts to reinterpret the existence of Islam in question to making it a "security and legitimacy problem", Görmez said. Among other things, Görmez pointed to the increasing number of attacks after his presentation on mosques in Germany. In the years 2001 to 2012 there were an annual average of 22 mosques that have been attacked in the Federal Republic. In 2013 there were 36, while this year the number had increased to 70. In contrast, not only the Islamic world should fight back, but "all religious institutions, especially the Vatican."
It is not enough, "to wash the feet of a young girl or to organize an interfaith football tournament." Görmez played on the washing of the feet by the Pope on Holy Thursday and on the "football match for peace" last Monday in Rome.
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