Pope Francis makes overtures to Orthodox and Muslims, but steep challenges remain

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Never mind that Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim. The most enduring image of Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey was the moment when he bowed his head and asked for the blessing of the leader of Eastern Orthodoxy, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

Since his election last year, Francis and Bartholomew have forged a strong alliance culminating in their joint pledge in Istanbul on Sunday (Nov. 30) to work to bridge a 1,000-year divide between their churches.