The Pope will be preaching a message of tolerance, respect and peace as he travels around Turkey this week, but he may even find his own values tested when he meets his interpreter, an Italian gay icon.

According to reports, actress Serra Yilmaz, has been drafted in to help the pontiff build bridges with Turkey’s Muslim community.

Yilmaz has appeared in gay-interest films such as His Secret Life and Harem Suare

Police in Turkey have feared protests against the religious figure who courted controversy earlier this year after quoting a 13th Century Christian philosopher’s remarks about Islam being a religion of “inhumane and evil.”

The Muslims aren’t the only group he has ever offended, but this trip is seen as an ideal way to mend rifts between Christianity and Islam, ironically the use of a gay icon as an olive branch brings in an other community the Holy See should be on his knees to.

The Vatican insists that the Pope did not even know who his translator is, The Evening Standard reports.

A source said: “I doubt the Pope even knew who she was; it’s quite amusing given his known opposition to homosexuality.”

Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly spoken out against same sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy.