Pope Francis has condemned Isis in his first speech of an historic three-day trip to Turkey, at a time when the nation is caring for 1.6million refugees who have fled the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
During his opening address of a three-day trip, the Pope stood in solidarity with religious minorities, including Christians, which Isis has violently targeted.
Francis also reaffirmed that military force was justified to halt the extremists' advance, but called for greater dialogue between Christians and Muslims to end fundamentalism.
“Fanaticism and fundamentalism, as well as irrational fears which foster misunderstanding and discrimination, need to be countered by the solidarity of all believers," Francis told Turkish officials at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lavish new presidential palace.
Aboard the papal plane before his speech, Francis told reporters he was impressed by Turkey’s willingness to host such a large number of refugees, and praised its humanitarian response to "so many refugees from conflict zones."
In pictures: 'The many popes of Pope Francis'
In pictures: 'The many popes of Pope Francis'
1/12 The Pro-Gay Pope
In just a year, Pope Francis has managed to change the public perception of the Catholic Church, and the stance it takes on civil issues, like gay rights. Despite originally protesting the legalisation of gay marriage in his native Argentina some years ago, he told reporters this year: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”
2/12 The Rebel Pope
No other Pope has urged a shake-up of the Catholic Church quite like Pope Francis, a true rebel of the dioceses. Who, incidentally, used to be a night club bouncer.
3/12 The Graffiti Pope
Pope Francis become... SUPER POPE in this Vatican-approved street art. But was he happy with the reference to the fictional DC comic character?"To depict the pope as a sort of superman, a sort of star, seems offensive to me. The pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps tranquilly and has friends like everyone else, a normal person," he said. So, that's a no, then.
4/12 The Biker Pope
Yes, the Pope used to own a Harley Davidson. And yes, he auctioned it off this year and donated the proceeds to a charity that feeds the hungry in Rome. Very Papal.
5/12 The ‘Blue’ Pope
Dropping the 'F' bomb during Sunday service? Classic Pope Francis. Sadly, down to a Spanish-speaking slip of the Italian language rather than pure bad-assery.
6/12 The ‘Because I’m Worth It’ Pope
That awkward moment when your Papal hat blows off, forcing your barnet into Sesame Street-like spikes. Pope Francis has been there.
7/12 The Chocolate Pope
Imagine the Pope's delight (horror?) when he was presented with a giant chocolate replica of himself outside the Vatican by by students on a chocolatier course at the Accademia of Maestri Cioccolatieri, near Venice.
8/12 The Rock Star pope
The one and only religious leader ever to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine? Introducing... Pope Francis.
9/12 The People’s Pope
His U-turn attitude towards sexuality won him Time magazine's coveted Person of the Year accolade, and the cover of gay rights magazine The Advocate.
10/12 The Merchandise Pope
Thongs, mugs, onesies, earrings and even a baby mobile adorned with decapitated Pope heads, the 'Francis Effect' has seen sales of Papal merchandise soar by 200% over the last year.
11/12 The Fashion Pope
The only Pope, as far as we're aware, to be compared to fashion royalty (Karl Lagerfeld. Yes way.) and win Esquire's Most Stylish Man of 2013 award, too.
12/12 The Modern Pope
Let it be said, Pope Francis knows a thing or two about social media. He might be a way off 'doing a Dalai' and opting for Instagram, but he's not above posing for the odd 'Selfie' on Twitter.
The Holy See arrived in Turkey on Friday, where he was greeted by Turkish dignitaries headed by the Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who is partly tasked with dealing with Isis, as its fighters cling to swathes of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border.
The Pope will later head to the mausoleum of the Turking republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, where he is scheduled to lay a wreath.
Security for the visit is extremely tight, with a 2,700-strong troupe of police officers on duty during the Ankara trip of the Pope’s trip alone. On top of this, a court has issued an order allowing police to stop and search cars and carry out random identity checks on people along routes used by the Pope.
The three-day-trip will allow Francis to connect with Turkey’s small Catholic community, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, and will see him meet spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.
Francis will also tour some of Istanbul’s most iconic religious buildings, the Hagia Sofia, and the Sultan Ahmet mosque – considered Turkey’s most important place of worship.
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