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Pope Francis Begins Turkey Visit

The Vatican says Pope Francis aims to strengthen ties with Muslim leaders during a three-day visit to Turkey that begins Friday. Officials said religious tolerance and fighting extremism will be high on the agenda when the pontiff meets President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the top cleric, Mehmet Gormez, in the majority-Muslim, but constitutionally secular nation on his first day there. The visit comes amid new Muslim-Christian tensions and Islamic State militants seizing areas of Iraq...

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