Apparently, the Pope has won acclaim by facing Mecca and saying a prayer in a mosque according to this Beitbart article:
In Turkey, he carefully avoided anything that could be perceived as a slight against Islam. He said all religious leaders must "utterly refuse" to support violence. Even when a statement from al-Qaida in Iraq denounced the trip, the Vatican responded with a general rebuke of "violence in the name of God."Excuse me, but I rather wish he hadn’t. When the leader of modern day Christendom deliberately turns to pray towards Mecca, I cannot help feeling that it’s a betrayal. A bit a small one, and made as a gesture of reconciliation, but what are you asking to be reconciled too? I really am very afraid of what’s next.
The pope's dramatic moment of silent prayer in Istanbul's famed Blue Mosque on Thursday capped a wide-ranging effort to win back Muslim sentiments, which included expressing support for Turkey's steps to become the first Muslim nation in the European Union.
The gestures were well-received among Turkish religious leaders and in the media. Mustafa Cagrici, the head mufti in Istanbul, waxed poetic about "a spring ahead for this world" after praying alongside Benedict at the Blue Mosque. He said the pope "stood in prayer just like Muslims." It marked only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship. John Paul II made a brief stop in a mosque in Syria in 2001.
Scenes from the pope's minute of prayer _ eyes closed, hands clasped _ appeared on the front page of nearly every newspaper in Turkey. "History written in Istanbul," wrote the Vatan newspaper. The pope's visit also made the front pages of several Arab newspapers. The pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat ran a front-page picture of the pope praying in the Blue Mosque, with the headline, "The pope turns toward Mecca in prayer."