"Ankara searches for proper formula for Pope's prospective visit
PoThere are reportedly three concerns slowing down Ankara's response to the Vatican's request for Pope Benedict XVI to visit Turkey. The first of these is that the first invitation to Pope Benedict was apparently issued by the Greek Partriach Bartholomeus, who resides himself in Istanbul's Fener district. The Pope, not wanting to appear in Turkey soley as the guest of Bartholomeus, which would cause tension on the part of Ankara, therefore had the Vatican request an invitiation from Ankara. The Foreign Ministry is reportedly working on a way to issue an invitation that will cut in front of the one from the Greek Patriarch."
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