로마교황 베네딕토 16세는 회교국가 터키에 대한 첫 방문을 마치고 귀국길에 올랐습니다.

교황은 귀국에 앞서 이스탄불에서 가진 기자회견에서  4일간의 공식 일정을 통해 종교간의 상호 이해 증진에 기여했길 바란다고 말했습니다.

교황은 역사적인 이번 방문을 통해 11세기에 분리된 로마 가톨리과 정교회 간의 상처를 치유하기 위해서 노력했습니다.

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Pope Benedict has left Turkey, ending his first papal visit to a predominately Muslim nation.

Before departing Istanbul today (Friday), the pontiff said he hoped his four-day visit to the officially secular country would contribute to a better understanding between religions.

During his historic visit, the pontiff sought to heal the nearly thousand-year-old division between Rome and the world's Orthodox Christian Church, which split (in the 11th century) over differences of theology and papal authority.

Benedict also offered wide-ranging messages of reconciliation to Muslims during his trip, including a visit to Instanbul's famous Blue Mosque.

He joined Istanbul's Grand Mufti Mustafa Cagrici in silent prayer Thursday in the 17th-century mosque.

In September, the pope provoked an outcry from Muslims with remarks viewed by many as criticizing Islam.