Pope Francis stood for two minutes of silent prayer facing east in one of Turkey’s most important mosques, a powerful vision of Christian-Muslim understanding at a time when neighboring countries are experiencing violent Islamic assault on Christians and religious minorities.
His head bowed, eyes closed and hands clasped in front of him, Francis prayed alongside the Grand Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, in the 17th-century Sultan Ahmet mosque, shifting gears to religious concerns on the second day of his three-day visit to Turkey.
Here are Watch Pope Francis Photos has he prayed in Sultanahmet mosque in Turkey
In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Grand Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, right, shows Pope Francis the Quran, the Muslim holy book, at the Sultan Ahmet mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Meeting with Turkish leaders in the capital Ankara a day earlier, Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbaric violence” being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
Pope Francis kisses the altar as he arrives to celebrate a Mass inside the Holy spirit Cathedral in Istanbul, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Meeting with Turkish leaders in the capital Ankara a day earlier, Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbaric violence” being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
What you should know about the Sultanahmet mosque in Turkey:
The Blue Mosque, known officially as the Sultanahmet mosque, opened in 1616 and is the most famous in Turkey. Its popular name is a reference to the fine blue Iznik tiles in its main prayer room.
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