A Look At The History Of Christians In Turkey, As Pope Francis Visits

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Pope Francis arrived in Turkey on Friday for a three-day visit. He'll meet the country's political and religious leaders, as well as the head of the Orthodox Church, or 'Patriarch of Constantinople' — a reminder of Turkey's Christian heritage.

A century ago, Christians made up 20 percent of the Turkish population; today, that figure has dwindled to less than 1 percent. The BBC's Istanbul correspondent Mark Lowen reports on the decline of the religion in what was once an important heartland.

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  • Mark Lowen, Istanbul correspondent for the BBC. He tweets @marklowen.

This segment aired on November 28, 2014.


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