Why is all the pressure on the Pope, and why do the “two new developments” listed below put even more pressure on him? Why isn’t there pressure on the Turks to behave with a modicum of rationality and decency?
“Pressure on Pope to rebuild ties with Islam,” from Reuters, with thanks to Mackie:
PRESSURE is growing on Pope Benedict XVI to use a trip to Turkey this month to rebuild badly strained ties between the Vatican and the Muslim world.
Two new developments last week — a shooting incident at the Italian consulate in Istanbul and news that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan would not meet him during his visit — have given an added edge to the visit from November 28 to December 1.