Pope treads cautiously in visit to Turkey

November 29, 2014 7:35 AM

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Pope treads cautiously in visit to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — Pope Francis, in Turkey for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties, urged Muslim leaders on Friday to condemn the ‘‘barbaric violence’’ being committed in Islam’s name against religious minorities in neighboring Iraq and Syria.

Francis sought to offer a balanced message as he met with Turkish political and religious officials at the start of his second trip to the Middle East this year.

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