Pope’s condemnation of Muslim barbarism in Turkey falls on deaf ears with Erdogan
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 Photo: AFP/Getty
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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