A meeting held during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Vatican visit, which was paid at a critical crossroads, restored the hope that the masculine knots on global problems can be untied with a female point of view.
Before moving on to this important meeting, let me elaborate a little on the word “critical” that I have used to describe the visit. During the visit, which was a first by a Turkish president since 1959, the meeting with the pope would be a message not only to the Catholic world, but also to different regions. The common approach achieved between the pope and our president against the U.S.’s Jerusalem provocation could also offer hope for the solution of various issues.
And it was so. I think that the reflections of this visit will be as strong as the visit itself. Both philosophical and topical messages were conveyed during the meeting held by the Turkish delegation headed by first lady Emine Erdoğan and the Vatican female advisory board.
The meeting was hosted by Cardinal Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Consuelo Corradi, president of the Vatican female advisory board, and started with Ravasi’s opening speech. The cardinal, who had memories of Turkey from 45 years ago, visited many places within the scope of his archaeological studies in the country. He enviously talked about many values of our country, from Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) in the Aegean Denizli province to Cappadocia, the central Anatolian province that is home to the world-renowned fairy chimneys.
During her address, the first lady underlined the problems of terrorism, the refugee crisis and the environment. She described the precious and inevitable ground of cooperation. Pointing to the meaning of meeting on a humane and moral common ground, Erdoğan reminded that Turkey hosts nearly 4 million refugees. She also referred to the educational campaign that has been launched to prevent 150,000 Syrian children from becoming a lost generation.
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