Pope of “Muslim Brothers”

Pope refers to ‘Muslim brothers’ on Good Friday

NICOLE WINFIELD , The Associated Press

ROME – Pope Francis reached out in friendship to “so many Muslim brothers and sisters” during a Good Friday procession dedicated to the suffering of Christians from terrorism, war and religious fanaticism in the Middle East.

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The new pontiff, who has rankled traditionalists by rejecting many trappings of his office, mostly stuck to the traditional script during the nighttime Way of the Cross procession at Rome’s Colosseum, one of the most dramatic rituals of Holy Week.

With torches lighting the way, the faithful carried a cross to different stations, where meditations and prayers were read out recalling the final hours of Jesus’ life and his crucifixion.

This year, the prayers were composed by young Lebanese, and many recalled the plight of minority Christians in the region, where wars have forced thousands to flee their homelands. The meditations called for an end to “violent fundamentalism,” terrorism and the “wars and violence which in our days devastate various countries in the Middle East.”

Francis, who became pope just over two weeks ago, chose, however, to stress Christians’ positive relations with Muslims in the region in his brief comments at the end of the ceremony.

Standing on a platform overlooking the procession route, Francis recalled Benedict XVI’s 2012 visit to Lebanon when “we saw the beauty and the strong bond of communion joining Christians together in that land and the friendship of our Muslim brothers and sisters and so many others.”

“That occasion was a sign to the Middle East and to the whole world, a sign of hope,” he said.

Friday’s outreach followed Francis’ eyebrow-raising gesture a day earlier, when he washed and kissed the feet of two women, one a Muslim, in the Holy Thursday ritual that commemorates Jesus’ washing of his apostles’ feet during the Last Supper before his crucifixion.

Breaking with tradition, Francis performed the ritual on 12 inmates at a juvenile detention center, rather than in Rome’s grand St. John Lateran basilica, where in the past, 12 priests have been chosen to represent Jesus’ disciples.

Before he became pope, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio long cultivated warm relations with Muslim leaders in his native Argentina. In one of his first speeches as pope, he called for the church and the West in general to “intensify” relations with the Muslim world.

The Vatican’s relations with Islam hit several bumps during Benedict XVI’s papacy, when he outraged Muslims with a 2006 speech quoting a Byzantine emperor as saying some of Prophet Muhammad’s teachings were “evil and inhuman.” And in 2011, the pre-eminent institute of Islamic learning in the Sunni Muslim world, Cairo’s Al-Azhar institute, froze dialogue with the Vatican to protest Benedict’s call for greater protection of Christians in Egypt.

However, Francis’ past outreach to the Muslim community in Argentina seems to have changed that. Al-Azhar’s chief imam, Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib, sent a message of congratulations to Francis on his election and said he hoped for cooperation.

The Vatican’s efforts to reconcile with the Islamic world have not been welcomed by all. Italy’s most famous Muslim convert to Catholicism, Magdi Allam, announced last week he was leaving the church because of its “soft” stance on Islam. Allam was baptized by Benedict XVI in 2008 during the high-profile Easter Vigil service when the pope traditionally baptizes a handful of adults. There has been no Vatican comment on his about-face.

Thousands of people packed the Colosseum and surrounding areas for the nighttime procession, holding candles wrapped in paper globes as Francis sat in silent prayer as a giant torch-lit crucifix twinkled nearby. Some in the crowd had Lebanese flags around their shoulders in an indication of the special role Lebanese faithful played in this year’s procession.

Lebanon has the largest percentage of Christians in the Middle East , nearly 40 percent of the country’s 4 million people, with Maronite Catholics the largest sect. As civil war has raged in neighboring Syria, Lebanon’s Christian community has been divided between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Overall, Christians in the Middle East have been uneasy as the Arab Spring has led to the strengthening of Islamist groups in most countries that have experienced uprisings. Thousands of Christians have fled the region , a phenomenon that the Vatican has lamented, given Christianity’s roots in the Holy Land.

“How sad it is to see this blessed land suffer in its children, who relentlessly tear one another to pieces and die!” said one of the Good Friday meditations. “It seems that nothing can overcome evil, terrorism, murder and hatred.”

Francis picked up on that message, saying Christ’s death on the cross is “the answer which Christians offer in the face of evil, the evil that continues to work in us and around us.”

“Christians must respond to evil with good, taking the cross upon themselves as Jesus did,” he said.

At the end of the ceremony, a male choir sang a haunting Arabic hymn, a reflection of the Eastern rite influence that infused the ceremony.

On Saturday, Francis presides over the solemn Easter Vigil ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica and on Sunday, he celebrates Easter Mass and delivers an important speech. Usually the pope also issues Easter greetings in dozens of languages.

In his two weeks as pope, Francis’ discomfort with speaking in any language other than Italian has become apparent. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Friday “we’ll have to see” what Francis does with the multilingual greetings.

The Good Friday procession was conducted entirely in Italian, whereas in years past the core elements recounting what happens at each station would be recited in a variety of languages.

26 thoughts on “Pope of “Muslim Brothers””

  1. “In one of his first speeches as pope, he called for the church and the West in general to “intensify” relations with the Muslim world.”

    And what is the Pope asking of the Muslim world???

    1. The truth is a mistake?

      “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.”

      100% accurate.

  2. True,it is the sword of the intellect that conquers the hearts and minds of people.

    “Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.”
    Holly Qur’an 16:125

  3. What mistake mhajen – he simply repeated historical fact. And since it is the sword of intellect that convinces, it is amusing that you muslim SNIP need to threaten and kill to carry your false religion onward to hell. BTW – how are the Copts (you remember – the people that you muslime are killing in Egypt) doing?? Sheik – what is this idiot doing on this site. When we last checked he was busy playing pretend doctor with the donkeys of his village.

  4. quran 2.193 fight them until religion is only for ala

    quran 5.51 don’t take jews and christians for friends, and if you do then alah will consider you one of them

    the whole world has seen for 13 centuries how you graciously murder, bomb, behead those who reject your “invitation” to islam.

  5. The sword DOES win hearts and minds, but of course it is the ACTUAL sword. It wins hearts and minds by brainwashing the descendents of the men the swords kill. How many fanatical Muslims are descendents of slaves or men murdered by Muslims? What a tragedy.

  6. @XVXZCVXC March 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Unless of course, the Catholic church splits again. Conservative Catholics vs. Liberal “social justice” Catholics. Just a thought.

    @kaw

    You said, “need to threaten and kill”, my thoughts exactly.

  7. Take up the cross of evil Islam? Geez, it’s a wonder he didn’t suck that muzzie bitch’s toes while he was at it. What a sellout!

  8. @kaw
    “BTW – how are the Copts (you remember – the people that you muslime are killing in Egypt) doing??”

    Muslims were the lords of Arabia for 1400 years. For a few years the British ruled, and for a few years the French ruled. Overall, the Muslims ruled Arabia for 1400 years. Yet today, there are 14 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians i.e. Christians since generations. If the Muslims had used the sword there would not have been a single Arab who would have remained a Christian.

  9. @XVXZCVXC
    “the whole world has seen for 13 centuries how you graciously murder, bomb, behead those who reject your “invitation” to islam.”

    -Muslims ruled Spain for about 800 years. The Muslims in Spain never used the sword to force the people to convert. Later the Christian Crusaders came to Spain and wiped out the Muslims. There was not a single Muslim in Spain who could openly give the adhaan, that is the call for prayers
    -Indonesia is a country that has the maximum number of Muslims in the world. The majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. May one ask, which Muslim army went to Indonesia and Malaysia?

  10. @PG

    “The sword DOES win hearts and minds, but of course it is the ACTUAL sword. It wins hearts and minds by brainwashing the descendents of the men the swords kill. How many fanatical Muslims are descendents of slaves or men murdered by Muslims? What a tragedy.”

    you are confused,you are mistaking crusades with Islam spread,what you mentioned above applies only to crusades.

  11. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/9542861/Spain_has_no_reason_to_apologise_for_freeing_herself_from_Islamic_jihadist_rule/

    You either have a warped view of history or you believe believe whatever your imam tells you.

    Islamic Spain

    Islamic Spain has a (not entirely false, but certainly exaggerated) reputation as a place of tolerance.

    Some say that it was better than medieval Christian Europe, but that’s not saying much. It was hardly a tolerant place by modern standards.

    Christians in Muslim Spain

    Jews in Muslim Spain

    Córdoba massacre of Jews by Muslims, 1011.
    Granada massacre of Jews by Muslims, 1066.
    Almohad persecution of Jews and Christians
    Other persecution in the region:
    Fez massacre of Jews by Muslims, Morocco, 1033.

    The New Anti-Semitism, Bernard Lewis, Winter 2006 – on the history of anti-semitism from medieval Christianity to the Nazis to the Islamists.

    Lewis, not one to whitewash Islam, does say that medieval Islam was more tolerant of religious diversity than medieval Christianity. Not that medieval Islam was tolerant by modern standards. Just that medieval Christianity was so bad.

    “one has to remember that in the confrontation between Christendom and Islam, the movement of refugees, of those who, in Lenin’s famous phrase, “voted with their feet,” was overwhelmingly from west to east not from east to west.”

    The Ottoman sultans admitted many Jewish refugees from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and elsewhere.

    “This was tolerance and no more than that. … but it is a lot better than intolerance as such, and the limited but substantial tolerance accorded to Jews and other non-Muslim communities in the Muslim states until early modern times was certainly vastly better than anything that was available in Christendom.”

    Maria Rosa Menocal has been prominent in promoting the idea that Muslim Spain was tolerant, but even she says that Jews and Christians had limited rights in Muslim Spain: “The dhimmi, as these covenanted peoples were called, were granted religious freedom, not forced to convert to Islam. They could continue to be Jews and Christians, and, as it turned out, they could share in much of Muslim social and economic life. In return for this freedom of religious conscience the Peoples of the Book (pagans had no such privilege) were required to pay a special tax – no Muslims paid taxes – and to observe a number of restrictive regulations: Christians and Jews were prohibited from attempting to proselytize Muslims, from building new places of worship, from displaying crosses or ringing bells. In sum, they were forbidden most public displays of their religious rituals.”

    Robert Spencer points out that anyone who criticised Muhammed and Islam in Muslim Spain would be put to death. And many such executions are recorded.

    Hugh Fitzgerald says the myth of tolerant Muslim Spain serves a deep need: “Yet even these romanticizers who write of Al-Andaluz as the great exemplar of tolerance also consider it to be, at best, a unique example in the long 1400-year history of Islam — which already is a way of admitting that the treatment of non-Muslims under Islam in general was not a paradise of “tolerance” and fruitful mutual accommodation. In all of the history of Islam, the story of Muslim Spain is that only one where there is even a colorable claim for “tolerance.” How pleasant it would be to make of history what it was not. How wonderful to think that at least once, just once, in the whole long history of Muslim conquest, there really was one spot where there was real tolerance”.

    The Reconquista – The Islamic conquest of Spain is reversed.

    Expulsion of the Muslims and Jews from Spain, 1492.

    Christianity has changed. Islam needs to change too.

  12. “Robert Spencer points out that anyone who criticised Muhammed and Islam in Muslim Spain would be put to death. And many such executions are recorded”

    that is a good law that should be enforced all around the world.

  13. Again mhadjen gets it wrong !!! The Crusades were a consequence of muslim provocation – I guess we will have to put these islamists down again – but this time let us make it final.

    Interesting that mhadjen cannot put together a single coherent argument that is not based on its imagination!!!

    Amusing that the god of islam is so weak that it requires islamic thugs to protect its name!!!!

  14. Amusing that any omnipotent God, would need human weaklings to defend him or her at all.

    One would think, that an all powerful God would wipe out annoying, puny humans with a flick of his/her wrist or a simple thought…yet, despite over a thousand years of being critical of the God of Islam that has not happened. In fact quite the opposite has occurred the west has been blessed with bounty, invention and the future.

    The modern world belongs to the West and the Future and it’s creation comes from Western Non-Muslims.

    Muslims ‘are’ and have always been cultural destroyers.

  15. to kaw
    “Again mhadjen gets it wrong !!! The Crusades were a consequence of muslim provocation – I guess we will have to put these islamists down again – but this time let us make it final.”

    When did you put Islamist down in the first place so you can put them down AGAIN.

  16. We drove you out of Europe and stopped, giving you a chance to grow up. You passed up the opportunity and we will not make the mistake a second time..As I wrote earlier the next time (implying AGAIN) we will be more thorough.

    Folks, analyse what hadjen writes – there is a great deal of information on his psyche and state of mind and it should concern you. This quack was trained in the West, and took the place of a more deserving student because our governments like to do the PC dance. It is quite likely now a terrorist or has strong connection to terror groups. My guess is that it has been recently involved with the muslim brotherhood, and this means that hadjen has almost certainly partiicipated in crimes against the non-muslim minority in Egypt. I suspect that it would also be interesting in tracking down links between mhadjen andthe islamists who murdered women and kids at Luxor – well I am sure that connnection has already been made and the appropriate people and doing their preliminary investigations. .

    Again mhadjen – it seems we will have to put you down AGAIN. – and this time the job will be completed properly. Incidentally, you cowards started the fight ca. 1400 years ago – we will finish it soon.

  17. To kaw
    I have no idea what made you think that i am from Egypt or have anything to do with Egypt.
    Also i am not the one who is making racist websites to attack other people’s religions so all the accusations you mentioned earlier you should direct it toward the owners of this website.

    1. Fine, so you are posting from Sudan.

      Islam is not a race, but since you think you can get away with these lies, is there anything more racist than Islam?

      Is there any other belief-system that is based on destroying “the other?”

  18. To sheikyermami

    “Fine, so you are posting from Sudan”

    Finally you got something right.

    “Islam is not a race, but since you think you can get away with these lies, is there anything more racist than Islam?”

    Islam indeed ain’t a race,but all Muslims know that western aversion of Islam has everything to do with the RACE of its origin.

    “Is there any other belief-system that is based on destroying “the other?”

    There are elements in Islam that can be falsely used to justify Racism and violence,just as there are in Christianity and Judaism.

  19. “Finally?”

    We’re still waiting for you to make a point. So far we only got Islamofascist drivel from you.

    If Islam is not a race, as you well know, why do you push the lie that there is something ‘racist’ about drawing attention to the texts and tenets of Islam?

    “There are elements in Islam that can be falsely used to justify Racism and violence,”-

    No. The texts are clear and so is the history of Islamic conquest and destruction. For you, the ends justify the means. There is nothing, nothing in Christianity or Judaism that demands we wipe out the Muslims.

    Our humanity is killing us.

  20. “We’re still waiting for you to make a point. So far we only got Islamofascist drivel from you”

    My point is very clear,you are a racist prick sheikyrmami.

    “If Islam is not a race, as you well know, why do you push the lie that there is something ‘racist’ about drawing attention to the texts and tenets of Islam?”

    Why don’t you scroll up and read my answer again,you hate the RACE that Islam comes from,you don’t hate Islam itself.

    “No. The texts are clear and so is the history of Islamic conquest and destruction. For you, the ends justify the means. There is nothing, nothing in Christianity or Judaism that demands we wipe out the Muslims.”

    Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace,Each and every human being in this world is not in favour of maintaining peace and harmony. There are many, who would disrupt it for their own vested interests(like you sheikyermami). Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace. It is precisely for this reason that we have the police who use force against criminals and anti-social elements to maintain peace in the country. Islam promotes peace. At the same time, Islam exhorts its followers to fight where there is oppression. The fight against oppression may, at times, require the use of force. In Islam force can only be used to promote peace and justice

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