Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane in Rome heading to Turkey
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Pope Francis speech in Turkey during historic visit

Pope Francis is giving a speech in Ankara at the start of a three-day visit to Turkey aimed at promoting religious dialogue in the country.

This is only the fourth visit by a pope to Turkey and although most of the country's 80 million citizens are Muslims, there are about 120,000 Christians in the country which was once the centre of the Orthodox Christian world.

He was welcomed to the presidential palace by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and will later travel to Istanbul to meet the head of the Orthodox Christian church.

  • 28 Nov 2014
  • From the section Europe