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Juan Cole should be pleased with Pope ‘Francis’. At least he won’t be “needlessly provocative”
Bridges to Babylon
Pope extends olive branch to IslamÂ (h/t Mullah)
THE Pope has called for the Catholic Church to “intensify” its dialogue with Islam and with non-believers, condemning the “spiritual poverty” of the developed world.
“It is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions and I am thinking particularly of dialogue with Islam,” new pontiff Francis said in an address to foreign ambassadors at the Vatican.
“It is also important to intensify outreach to non-believers so that the differences which divide and hurt us may never prevail, but rather the desire to build true links of friendship,” he said.
The Argentine pope said he wanted to “build bridges connecting all people” and said this was particularly significant for him personally because of his own Italian immigrant roots.
“This dialogue between places and cultures a great distance apart matters greatly to me,” he said.
The Pope also returned to a favoured theme of his predecessor Benedict XVI, who battled against rising secularism in Europe in his pontificate.
“It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called rich countries particularly seriously,” the 76-year-old said, adding that this “endangers the co-existence of peoples”.
InÂ a speech at Regensburg UniversityÂ in his native Germany, Benedict quoted a 14th-century Byzantine emperor as saying, “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
“The crises in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, are endangering Christians present in the region.” That is, Islamic jihad is threatening the Christians present in the region. “Interfaith dialogue and coexistence between Islam and Christianity are also in jeopardy” — not because of “insults” of Islam from Pope Benedict XVI, as Western academic apologists such as Juan Cole would have you believe, but because of escalating Muslim persecution of Christians. “Mideast: Christians in danger, Patriarch Gregory III warns Pope Francis,” fromÂ AKI, March 19 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
“The crises in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, are endangering Christians present in the region,” Patriarch Gregory III Laham told AKI, quoting a letter he said he has written to Francis.”Interfaith dialogue and coexistence between Islam and Christianity are also in jeopardy,” he said.
Francis is an expert on the situation in the Middle East and “God willing” will put the region’s problems high on his list of priorities,” the patriarch stated.
Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was enthroned as Pope Francis on Tuesday after being elected pontiff in a conclave of cardinals last week to replace 85-year-old Benedict XVI who abdicated in February on health grounds.
As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio was responsible for the Catholic community in the Middle East and was a point of contact for emigres from Lebanon, Syria and all the countries in that region.
“I hope that the Pope will ensure a better future for all Arab countries and their peoples,” concluded the Syrian-born patriarch, who is also the spiritual leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
Insofar as it is within his power to do so.