Pope’s condemnation of Muslim barbarism in Turkey falls on deaf ears with Erdogan

The Muslim Issue

Pope condemns religious fanaticism on his arrival in Turkey

Pope Francis has arrived in Ankara and immediately spoken out against terrorism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Pope Francis
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Pope Francis Photo: AFP/Getty

Nick Squires
By Nick Squires, Istanbul
1:52PM GMT 28 Nov 2014

Pope Francis condemned “fundamentalism and terrorism” and the brutal persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq in the first speech of his three-day visit toTurkey, a country on the front-line of the war against Islamist extremism.

The Pontiff condemned the “barbaric violence” perpetrated against Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq on the first day of his visit to Turkey, a country on the front-line of the war against Islamist extremism.

With military aircraft from Britain, the US and other countries pounding Islamic State positions just a few hundred miles from where the Pope spoke in Ankara, he said that the offensive against terrorists was legitimate…

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