Peter Manseau: “Did Pope Benedict XVI pray in the Aya Sofia? How could we really know? Prayer, after all, is an interior act. It is often made visible with prostrations and gestures, and it is often made audible with words, but it is first of all a movement of the mind, as impossible to detect as a passing thought or a daydream…” More on the pope’s Turkish trip and the methodology of religion writers, at The Revealer‘s sister-site, Killing the Buddha. Also new on KtB: Danielle Trussoni, whose memoir Falling Through the Earth has just been named a top 10 book of the year by the New York Times, writes about prayers of her own in a Buddhist temple in Vietnam.