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Pope Francis is welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara (Photo: PA)

In his first address the Pope said Turkey was ‘precious to every Christian’ because of its history

Pope Francis addresses Brazilian bishops in Rio in July 2013 (AP)

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The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass (Photo: CNS)

Most believers ‘hide their cross’

Soldiers carry a large poster of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Which way will Turkey turn?

President Erdogan seems to be doing much to reverse Atatürk’s secular reforms

Pope Francis pictured  with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)

Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with the Egyptian president yesterday (AP)

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People pray in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (CNS)

Clerics hope the visit will shed light on Islam

Pope Francis said he felt united with suffering Christians Below: Video via Rome Reports (AP)

Pope Francis met leaders of the Eastern churches in Rome this week

Francis blesses pilgrims at today's general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis blesses the faithful at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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