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Turkish dailies covered Pope Francis’s visit to Turkey and the meeting of the spiritual heads of the Catholic and Orthodox churches, who issued a joint declaration.
HURRIYET lead with “No Middle East without Christians,” quoting the spiritual leaders’ joint declaration.
The paper said the declaration emphasized the importance for “Christian unity and the momentous impact of Christian suffering in the Middle East.”
Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of the world's estimated one billion Catholics, and Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based leader of many of the world’s Orthodox Christians, met at the Patriarchate in Istanbul as part of the 77-year old pontiff's three-day visit to Turkey.
The spiritual leaders signed a "Common Declaration," on Sunday in an attempt to forge stronger ties between two communities and called for interfaith dialogue.
VATAN reports that the Catholic Pope and Orthodox Patriarch met in Istanbul for the first time in a thousand year.
The daily said the Pope asked for the blessing of another brother and the Patriarch kissing Pope's head dismissed any claims of superiority between two churches.
When he took part in the coronation of Pope Francis last year in Vatican, Bartholomew became the first Orthodox patriarch to ever attend a papal inauguration ceremony since the split between the two churches.
The Catholic and Orthodox branches of Christianity split more than 1,000 years ago.
MILLIYET quoted Pope Francis as saying: “I wish Turkish-Armenian borders will open again. Let’s pray for reconciliation.”
His comments came after he paid an unexpected visit to Armenian Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan at the hospital he is being treated in.
The Turkish newspaper also covered the pro-Kurdish party delegation’s visit to imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
They reported on the draft negotiation framework that was reached by the government and the committee, including the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party.
VATAN quoted Ocalan as saying: “If the parties continue the process with firm and determined steps, we can reach to solution in four or five months.”
The daily also said the framework consists of three main parts: proposals for a solution, negotiation chapters and an action plan.
The Turkish government’s solution process, which was launched last year, aims to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the outlawed PKK, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Aralık 2014, 11:15