Pope Stands Firm
The Bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI, will in fact be visiting Turkey. This is despite previous protests, demands for the cancellation of his trip and even the arrest of the Pontiff:
Mehmet Ali Agca, the failed assasin of Pope Benefit's predecessors, warned the Pope that by travelling to Turkey, his life was endangered.
Turkish workers from a religious affairs union demonstrated in Ankara Tuesday, demanding the pope apologize or cancel his planned trip to Turkey. Some of the protesters called for the arrest of the pontiff when he visits the predominantly Muslim country in late November.
Your [the Pope] life is in danger. Don’t come to Turkey — absolutely not!The media's prognostications fortelling the cancellation of the Pope's trip, assisted by some representatives of Catholics, have all but proving incorrect:
A top Catholic Church official inside Turkey says the polemics following Benedict XVI's comments about Islam may cause the cancellation of his November visit to the majority Muslim country, which is nevertheless governed on secular principles.Hurrah for the Pope! And just so we do not forget that there are sane elements in that other great denomination, the Church of England, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord William Carey, came out and supported the Pope's misunderstood speech by challenging Muslims to
...challenge the status quo of Muslim conventions and even their most cherished shibboleths.Let's hope and pray that his time in Turkey will be constructive and safe.