Papal Pause Not Exactly a Prayer
ISTANBUL, Turkey, NOV. 30, 2006 ( Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI's silent pause
during his visit to the Blue Mosque was not prayer in the proper sense of
the term, clarified the Vatican spokesman.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, confirmed,
after the Holy Father's historic visit today, that "the Pope paused in a
moment of meditation and recollection."
"It was a moment of personal meditation, of relationship with God, which
can also be called of personal, profound prayer," Father Lombardi told journalists,
"but it was not a prayer with external manifestations characteristic of the