MORE ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE
Some bad ideas just refuse to die. A Hitler wanna-be was just arrested for vandalizing a Jewish school in Austria.
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UNDERSTANDING THE POPE'S TRIP TO TURKEY
Click here for a story about the pope's first day in Turkey.
First, click here for a story about what Benedict's visit to the Haghia Sophia might mean. The varied history of this structure provides an opportunity for the pope to mess up big time. My guess is he won't.
How warm will the welcome be for the pope? For one clue, click here for a story about 25,000 people in Ankara protesting his visit.
The Turkish man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II is calling Benedict XVI a "Nazi remnant," another strange echo of dischord as this visit is about to unfold.
Turkey's prime minister has agreed to meet the pope when he arrives. This would seem to be a routine bit of diplomacy, but I'm not sure there's any such thing in regard to this trip.
The Vatican is worried enough about Benedict's security that it has ruled out use of the popemobile, it's reported.
Catholics in Turkey are preparing for the pope's visit. There aren't many of them, but there are some.
This visit raises the question of how much religion freedom there is in Turkey. Click here for one answer.
And for heaven's sake, let's not forget that the pope is to meet with the head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. Click here for some resources on that from the Orthodox Church. The church split asunder, East from West, in 1054 in what is called the Great Schism, or Great Divorce. Efforts continue to repair this broken family.
Finally, if you want to re-read the speech Benedict gave in September in Germany that made Muslims angry, click here.
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PS: Special thanks to all readers who left comments yesterday. A particularly enlightening, helpful, engaging batch.
Today's religious holiday: Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha (Baha'i)