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A design of the mosque created in 2008 (AP Photo/KSP Engel und Zimmermann Architekten)

The mosque, if completed, will be bigger than its rival in Morocco – which may be part of the point

Francis stands next to the Grand Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, right, at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (AP)

Francis’s prayer in Blue Mosque recalls Benedict XVI’s famous gesture in 2006

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (PA)

Pope Francis to visit Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Event will mark 25th anniversary of historic meeting led by John Paul II