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Top Muslim cleric agrees to meet Pope Benedict XVI
news.monstersandcritics ^ | Feb 20, 2007 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur

Posted on 02/20/2007 4:19:47 PM PST by Nachum

Vatican City - Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, grand sheik at the Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, has agreed to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, the Vatican said Tuesday.

The sheikh is described as a moderate and is regarded as the highest spiritual authority for nearly 1 billion Sunni Muslims worldwide.

His decision to accept the pope's invitation was made public by the Vatican press office after a visit to Cairo by Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Vatican's commission on relations with Muslims. A date for the meeting has not yet been announced.

Benedict has been working hard to improve relations between the Church and the Islamic world since making a speech in Germany in September in which he angered Muslims by appearing to equate their religion with violence.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cleric; muslim; pope; top

1 posted on 02/20/2007 4:19:49 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

I would send B16 a bullet.


2 posted on 02/20/2007 4:22:07 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: B.O. Plenty

They better frisk the sob before they let him get close to the Pope!


3 posted on 02/20/2007 4:33:29 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Nachum

Trust but verify, Your Holiness.


4 posted on 02/20/2007 4:39:41 PM PST by Argus
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To: Argus

I hope the Pope knows there's no good Muslim.


5 posted on 02/20/2007 5:16:03 PM PST by baiamonte
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To: Nachum
Sheik: Benedict, you are an infidel! Convert to Islam or we will have to kill you!

Pope: OK. I'll do anything to improve relations with the Islamic world.

6 posted on 02/20/2007 6:05:40 PM PST by vox humana
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To: Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
Catholic Ping
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7 posted on 02/21/2007 9:27:16 AM PST by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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To: vox humana

I do hope you know the Pope hasn't backed down from his statements, nor made any apologies for quoting the fellow he did.

Pope Benedict XVI is not stupid...


8 posted on 02/21/2007 10:25:05 AM PST by DTwistedSisterS
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To: NYer

The pope should offer him some 'Russian' tea !


9 posted on 02/21/2007 10:32:16 AM PST by IrishMike ("Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.")
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To: vox humana
Sheik: Benedict, you are an infidel! Convert to Islam or we will have to kill you!

Pope: OK. I'll do anything to improve relations with the Islamic world.

Ah . . . an anti-Catholic bigot on FR with a Latin name!

Could you think about re-naming yourself?

Maybe something like: "Brave Anonymous Anti-Catholic FReeper"?

I'm sure that in the face of the Worldwide Islamic Jihad, you would have been as courageous as Pope Benedict in declining to visit the German mosque associated with a terrorist recruit and asking that the Muslim leaders come to the Catholic residence instead (during WYD in Cologne), in making the Regensberg speech and then, in the face of numerous threats on his life, going ahead with the pastoral visit to Constantinople anyhow.

It would be fascinating to know what, if anything, you've done to bear witness to anything - other than post anti-Catholic garbage on FR.

10 posted on 02/21/2007 11:44:27 AM PST by TaxachusettsMan
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