Pope Benedict XVI, Mending Fences in Turkey
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After angering Turks--and Muslims all over the world--Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Turkey today with a message of reconciliation. Can he reassure Turks about membership in the European Union? Can he help resolve growing tensions between Christianity and Islam? Plus, President Bush previews his meeting with Iraq's prime minister and in Florida, shades of the 2000 election--without hanging chads. Did 18,000 electronic votes go uncounted in a race for Congress?
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- Michael Abramowitz: Staff Writer, Washington Post
Pope Benedict XVI, Mending Fences in Turkey ()
In September, Pope Benedict XVI made a controversial speech quoting a Byzantine emperor who attacked Islam as a violent religion. Before he was Pope, he said Turkey's Muslim character should keep it out of the European Union. But he arrived in Ankara today with a message of "brotherhood," calling Turkey "a bridge between the religions." Despite earlier word that he would not have time, Prime Minister Erdogan met with the Pope for 20 minutes before leaving for the NATO Summit in Latvia. Erdogan told reporters the Pope now supports Turkey's admission into the European Union. Will the people of Turkey accept the Pope's call for a "dialogue" between the religions? Will his message of reconciliation help resolve growing tensions between Christianity and Islam?
- Hugh Pope: Author and journalist
- Ilter Turan: Professor of Political Science at Bilgi University
- David van Biema: Senior religion writer for Time magazine
- John Esposito: Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University
Another Voting Fiasco in Florida? ()
When she was Florida's Secretary of State, Katherine Harris said electronic voting machines would end her state's embarrassing problems with the electoral process. But those same machines have caused a bitter fight over who won the Congressional seat Harris left to run--unsuccessfully--for the Senate. Republican Vern Buchanan has been declared the winner in the 13th Congressional District by 369 votes, but Democrat Christine Jennings has not conceded. Some 18,000 votes appear to be missing from electronic machines with no paper trails.
- Alisa Ulferts: Reporter for the St Petersburg Times
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