Pope Francis shakes hands with Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate, in Ankara November 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Pope Francis condemned ISIS' assault on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he arrived Friday in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism.Francis praised Turkey's welcome of some 1.6 million refugees and said the international community had the "moral obligation" to help Ankara provide for them."Those who feel defeated, wronged, oppressed and abandoned ... can become open to being exploited by terror organizations," Erdogan said.He said he hoped Francis' visit would strengthen ties between Christians and Muslims, but the pope's visit was met largely with indifference in the Muslim nation.The Vatican added a speech to Francis' itinerary Sunday at an event in which some Syrian refugees are expected to attend.
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