People ready the St. George Church in Fener Patriarchate for Pope Francis's visit to Istanbul, November 27, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSE)
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When a pope last visited Turkey – Benedict XVI in 2006 – Muslim-Catholic tensions were so high that the Vatican added a stop at Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque at the last minute in hopes of showing Benedict's respect for Islam.Pope Francis travels to Turkey this weekend amid new Muslim-Christian tensions and war next door, with ISIS militants seizing chunks of Iraq and Syria and sending 1.6 million refugees across the border into Turkey.Here are five things to look for during Francis' visit, which begins Friday.When Pope Paul VI made the first-ever papal visit to Turkey in 1967, he fell to his knees in prayer inside Haghia Sophia, the 1,500-year-old site in Istanbul that was originally a Byzantine church and was turned into a mosque after the Muslim conquest of Istanbul – then known as Constantinople – in 1453 . Asked whether Francis would pray when he visits the massive complex Saturday, the Vatican was noncommittal.There are some fresh issues with Francis.
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