(From Guardian Unlimited)
Pope Benedict XVI today stepped into the debate on whether Turkey should be part of the EU by apparently declaring his support for Ankara's membership bid.
The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told a news conference after brief talks with the Pope, that he had asked the pontiff to back Turkey's EU bid.
"He said we are not political but we wish for Turkey to join the EU," Mr Erdogan said.
In voicing support for Turkey's bid for EU membership, the Pope has ensured a lively start to his four-day visit, his first to a Muslim country. Before becoming Pope last year, Benedict had said that Turkey should …