Washington Post: Sufi mystic Sheikh Nazim, flanked by Muslim clergy, talks with Pope Benedict XVI before the pontiff led a mass in Nicosia.
AP Photo: Sheikh Nazim, the 88-year-old head of the Islamic Sufi Naqshbandi sect based in northern Cyprus
, leaves his car before a meeting with Pope Benedict in the U.N.-controlled buffer zone of the divided capital of Nicosia June 5, 2010. Pope Benedict held a surprise meeting with the Turkish Cypriot Islamic leader from the divided island on Saturday, underscoring his view that inter-religious dialogue should be used as an inspiration for reunion.
By RACHEL DONADIO: June 6, 2010
NICOSIA, Cyprus — In a document
presented here on Sunday by Pope Benedict XVI
, bishops from across the Middle East called on Christians to become a dynamic minority in a conflict-ridden region and attributed theirdeclining population here
to “instability” caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in Iraq
and unrest inLebanon
NICOSIA, Cyprus — A day after Cypriot religious and political leaders lashed out at Turkey, whose troops have occupied northern Cyprus since 1974, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday met briefly with a Muslim religious leader from the Turkish North.
The pope exchanged greetings for several minutes with the leader, Sheik Mehmet Nazim Adil, 88, a Sufi, outside the Vatican’s embassy to Cyprus.
Hurriyet: Pope, Sufi Muslim Mystic Have Unschedule Meeting in Cyprus
NICOSIA — Agence France-Presse: Pope Benedict XVI had a brief unscheduled meeting on Saturday in Greek Cyprus with a well-known Sufi Muslim mystic who traveled from the north of the divided island to see him, the Vatican said.
Pope Benedict held a surprise meeting with a Turkish Cypriot Islamic leader from the divided island on Saturday, underscoring his view that inter-religious dialogue should be used as an inspiration for reunion.
Pope Benedict XVI has met with a Muslim leader on his pilgrimage to Cyprus, part of efforts to talk to both sides of the decades-old conflict on the island divided between ethnic Greeks and Turks.
Pope Benedict XVI appealed Saturday for support for embattled Christian communities in the Middle East, calling them a vital force for peace in the region.
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