The Pope has taken another step in advancing interreligious relations during his apostolic trip to Turkey.
In the final day of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the nation of Turkey, which is majority Muslim, the Holy Father met with the Chief Rabbi of Turkey, Isak Haleva.
This was Francis’ second stop of the morning, which began with a private Mass in the chapel of the Apostolic Delegation in Istanbul.
After the meeting with the chief rabbi, the Holy Father traveled by car to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. George in Phanar, on the liturgical feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle.
At about 9:30 a.m., Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew welcomed the Holy Father into the Church where the Divine Liturgy had already begun.