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ICC Note: Please keep in prayer for Christians in Turkey during the Pope’s visit. The story below mentions the danger of violence but a prime target will be the country’s churches and Christians.
MENL— The visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey could spark unrest.
The U.S. embassy in Ankara has alerted Americans to the prospect of violence during the pope’s scheduled visit this week. The pope was expected to visit Ankara, Ephesus and Istanbul during his visit from Nov. 28 through Dec. 1.
“While there is no firm information available about any demonstrations against the pope, there may be gatherings to protest his visit,” a warden message by the U.S. embassy said on Nov. 22.
Islamic groups have protested the pope’s visit and Turkish security forces were placed on alert. The papal tour was part of an effort by the Roman Catholic Church to reconcile with the Orthodox Christian movement.