'Can't We All Just Get Along?' That seems to be the new tact from the Pope. I was expecting more, but then I voted for GWB twice. My optimism in such things needs to balanced by reality or German Realpolitik.
So it looks like Rome is not going to solve any problems, but we still have the Baker Commission and Syria and Iran. You never know.
Pope on the charm offensive
By Philip Pullella and Ercan Ersoy
Efes - Turkey on Wednesday praised the conciliatory tone of Pope Benedict during his visit to the predominantly Muslim country and his apparent new support for Ankara's bid to join the European Union.
Celebrating mass at a shrine in southwestern Turkey where legend says the Virgin Mary lived out her last days, Benedict stressed that a common devotion to the mother of Jesus Christ is another link binding Christians and Muslims.
As Benedict continued his four-day visit, Turkey focused on his gestures on arrival on Tuesday: his apparent support for Ankara's bid to join the European Union and praise for Islam after a recent speech Muslims found insulting.
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