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AP preview sees diplomatic peril for Pope on trip to Cyprus

May 31, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will be "heading into a potential diplomatic firestorm" when he visits Cyprus this coming weekend, according to an AP preview of the trip.

Noting the longstanding tension between Greeks and Turks, Christians and Muslims on the island nation, the story questions whether the Pope's visit will cause new problems. "Officially, the island's division is not on the pope's agenda," the AP story concedes. But the preview claims that Pope Benedict has been guilty of "political missteps on foreign trips" in the past.


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