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Turkey’s 53,000 Catholics happily awaiting Pope Francis

by Catholic News Agency  |  published on November 21, 2014


Turkey’s small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the country with joyful hearts, says Istanbul’s apostolic vicariate.

The vicariate voiced gratitude for the Pope’s visit, which will coincide with the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the patron saint of the Orthodox Church.

In response to an invitation sent by Patriarch Bartolomeo I of Constantinople, Pope Francis will make a three-day trip to Turkey, during which he will visit the cities of Ankara and Istanbul.

Announced in September following the reception of an official letter of invitation signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the trip will take place Nov. 28-30, and falls just days after Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

In stark contrast with his previous trips, usually packed with various liturgies, audiences and meetings with diverse groups of people, Pope Francis is keeping his schedule light, and will only give 3 public speeches, one being a homily for Mass on the second day of his trip.

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