In a gesture designed to highlight his commitment to inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis conducted a silent prayer alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday. Facing Mecca, Francis bowed his head in prayer for several minutes while standing next to Istanbul’s Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaran. The Vatican described the gesture as a “moment of silent adoration” of God.
Pope Francis and Istanbul’s Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaran pray together in the Blue Mosque. Photograph: AP
The Vatican Insider carries and interview with the Holy Father, in which he speaks of this prayer.