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Pope Francis' visit to Turkey puts spotlight on region's Christians
Pope Francis' visit to Turkey puts spotlight on region's Christians

Dressed in a neatly pressed dark suit, Bedri Diril, 41, stood patiently Saturday among a crowd of hundreds in front of St. Esprit Cathedral in Istanbul awaiting the arrival of Pope Francis. “We Christians do have problems here, but they are not brought up in public much,” Diril said, clutching a cherished invitation to Mass with the pontiff, one of only a few hundred such invites distributed among the city's dwindling Christian communities. “Me and some of my friends, we no longer wear crosses, or we put them inside our shirts, [to hide] being Christian,” he said. Francis arrived in Istanbul on Saturday on the second day of his three-day visit to this...

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