One way for a Pope to show goodwill to people of other faiths is to pray in their holy places. In Istanbul last week, Benedict XVI unexpectedly replicated a signature gesture by John Paul II in Jerusalem in 2000. Both won praise for their irenic moves.
Pope John Paul II
PLACE The Western Wall
GESTURE Tucked a note between the stones, asking God's forgiveness for ill done to Jews
EFFECT Helped decrease Jewish-Catholic tensions after a previous papal document apologized on behalf of Christianity's errant members but not for any acts of the church
Pope Benedict XVI
PLACE Sultan Ahmet Mosque