Transcript for Pope Francis Visits Majority-Muslim Turkey
along for the trip and joins us from istanbul where the pope is finishing up this landmark trip. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, Martha. The pope today is wrapping up his three-day trip to Turkey, a trip that is focused on improving dialogue, not just with the Muslim world but with Christian, as well. It's that kind of interfaith dialogue, the pope says, that will help bring peace to the region and help stop the spread of extremism. His visit comes as Turkey's government grapples with how to deal with the threat from Isis across its borders highlighted yesterday when Isis attacked a border crossing between Turkey and Syria with suicide bombers. This morning, the pope held a service for some of Turkey's tiny Christian minority with the head of the orthodox church part of his effort to bridge the divide with the catholic church. This came after his visit on Saturday to Turkey's most important mosque, the famous blue mosque where for two minutes he bowed his head in what the Vatican called a moment of silent adoration and this afternoon he will cap off his trip by meeting with a group of Iraqi and Syrian refugees, just a fraction of more than 1.5 million refugees who have fled to Turkey to escape the fighting in those two countries. Martha? Our thanks to Alex. Back now with the roundtable. Cokie, the pope really walked a very fine line on the visit to Turkey. He did it just right. I mean, he went to the president who is an islamist and said we have to stop this barbaric violence, but you're doing a good job of bringing in the refugees, and then he went to the mausoleum, which is a secular, very secular scene and then on to the patriarch of the eastern orthodox churches to try to bring together unity there. His message has been consistently, you know, we have to do more to end violence and to promote a well-being. In hunger in Europe he did the same thing. Done quite a job. We couldn't let this weekend pass without talking about our own thanks and what we're thankful for ts Thanksgiving weekend. Donna. Family, my family came up from Louisiana. They bought their own crabs and crawfish and had a delicious gumbo. I'm going home and make creole cornbread that cokie just gave me a recipe and I'm also thankful for so many friends and let me just say there are many public servants retiring this year, Tom Harkin, of course, George miller and they've been great people, as well. Bill kristol. Yeah, family and friends and country, and I think those, you'd agree with this, those who serve us overseas and were deployed this Thanksgiving and weren't with their families. I certainly would echo that. I'm thankful for my family, especially my nephew josh who I'm very proud of, a budding journalist himself and particularly I'm also in the political arena I'm thankful for the example of sustained mostly nonviolent protests that people were able to organize in Ferguson for so long prior to regardless of whatever happened last week. Cokie, very quickly. Family, of course, and we've had a tough year in our family this year so having the people who have been so supportive makes a huge difference, but politically I'm really glad that we haven't diminished the number of women in politics and might even be higher. Thanks very much to all of
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