Muslim Interfaith Outreach: On September 6-7, 1955 a carefully staged, government sponsored series of riots took place that caused irreparable harm to the Greek community of Istanbul, Turkey. The events, well documented by historians– Greek and Turkish alike. Source.
The BBC reported that the Pope visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul as part of a three-day visit to Turkey. According to the BBC reporter, the Pope offered a moment of “silent prayer…next to the Grand Mufti.”
The BBC man said that it was, “a moment of rich symbolism in terms of the inter-faith dialogue” that the Pope is trying to promote.