Skip to comments.Pope prays at Jordanian mosque
Posted on 05/09/2009 4:08:27 PM PDT by americanophile
AMMAN, Jordan, May 9 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI prayed Saturday at the King Hussein Mosque in the Jordanian capital Amman, Vatican officials said.
The trip to the mosque, the largest in Jordan, marked the second day of the pope's visit to the Middle East, the BBC reported.
Afterwards, Benedict addressed local Muslim leaders, observers said. Earlier in the day he visited Mount Nebo, which, according to the Bible, is where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died.
Vatican analysts said the pope is anxious to mend relations with Muslims and Jews on his eight-day sojourn to Israel and the West Bank, his first to the region as pontiff.
On Sunday, he is scheduled to celebrate an open-air mass at Wadi Kharrar on the east bank of the River Jordan -- the place where Christians believe Jesus was baptized. The next day, Benedict will go to Tel Aviv to begin four days in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, the BBC reported.
Uh no. He didn’t pray a Muslim prayer.
He’s also visited a Catholic Church and Catholic Disability Center. He’ll also be visiting a Synagogue. You expect him to snub Muslims by not visiting a Mosque? Please keep in mind that he has flock there who are vulnerable to the whim of Islam.
There is no reason nor sense in any worship of a Catholic in a mosque as a Muslim would not worship in a church.
The two are anathema to each other.
Paraphrasing Mrs. Thatcher: Don’t go wobbly on us, Benedict.
...it’s one thing to visit a mosque, like a tourist, it’s quite another for the head of the Catholic Church to be offering prayers there!!
I like it.
Who said he offered prayers there...?
Yeah, because EVERYONE KNOWS that God doesn't hear prayers in mosques or temples (Buddhist, Jewish, or Mormon), and definitely doesn't hear prayers in the athiest streets of Hollywood...
The Lord’s Prayer on his lips to save the heathens among him.
Yes, I’m ok with it too. Maybe a prayer to the Christian God will cast a little light in that dark place and push the darkness back.
...that’s the whole point of the article.
I’m not concerned about whether or how God hears the prayer, I’m concerned about the message it sends when a pope prays in a mosque. Surely you can understand that to the eyes of the average Muslim observer, one can’t help but see it as the Pope praying to Allah.
...you go to a mosque to pray to Allah, not the God of the Bible.
Yes! I mean, how dare the Apostle Paul also preach at the Temple of Artemis, and Jesus Christ teach and preach in a Jewish temple! Don’t they realize that Christians can only pray and preach at churches?
People can pray ANYWHERE, at any time. I don’t think there’s much danger that B XVI has turned coat on us Catholics. I’m sure it was a simple, “God bless these poor benghted lost folks and have mercy on their souls” kind of thing.
“Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the pope did not pray during his visit to the mosque but did stop in a “respectful moment of reflection.” He was not asked to take his shoes off when he entered the mosque, which is customary for Muslims, said Lombardi.”
You either believe a reporter from UPI or you believe the Vatican spokesman. Which is it?
And in the eyes of a Christian observer, I see the Pope praying for the awakening of the souls of all Muslims...
I for one believe that prayers should be said continually without ceasing - does that make me wrong when I pray when I am in a Buddhist temple, here in Shanghai? Does that make me wrong when I prayed at my Jewish friend’s wedding at his synagogue?
...are you the Pope?
No. Are you?
Refrain from all appearance of evil
...no, but then neither I or the Pope apparently pray to our God in houses of worship dedicated to other ‘gods.’
The Vatican didn’t issue a special statement. This is just another news story like the one you posted except this one was from Yahoo via AP. I can see why you were taken in though - it’s easy to be manipulated by the media.
So I’ll await your condemnation of the Apostle Paul for preaching and praying at the Temple of Artemis.
...well, it may not be a ‘special statement’ but I’ll regard it as an important clarification from a Vatican spokesman. Symbolism matters.
This is from the Catholic News Service:
“Visiting mosque, pope says believing in God means respecting others
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — To believe in God is to pray, to be merciful and compassionate, to witness to the truth and to uphold the dignity of every person, Pope Benedict XVI said after visiting a monumental new mosque in Amman.
Acknowledging that much of the history of Christian-Muslim relations has been marked by misunderstanding and tension, the pope said it is faith that calls members of both communities to respect each other and join together to promote the common good.
Of course, some will continue to damn the Pontiff rather than read the truth.
I choose not to live my life constrained by fear of what others may think of me; I live my life as God expects, and as best provides for my family. That others live to satisfy men is truly sad.
...well I wish you the best then.
The Pope is just a man.Just as sinful as any other man or woman and condemned without the blood of Jesus.
A man he is, but also a symbol.
You got a deceptive headline and ran with it without double-checking. An easy mistake but please don’t try and weasel out by now saying the Vatican “corrected the record” because that simply isn’t true. Your UPI article omitted the full story - see - OPUSFR’s link or read mine. There are also lots more on the net and none of them say he “prayed” there except the one you chose to post.
Here’s lots of news stories about the Pope’s visit to the Mosque and not one of them said he prayed their...:
The “symbol” part is why he will walk out of the mosque alive.
There is no one here saying otherwise. He knows quite well about the Blood of Jesus because he spends every day with it.
Uh, do you suppose he heard the “prayers” of the 19 flying the planes into the buildings?
Wrong, officer. I read and posted a news story from a well-known news source. I did run with anything. They reported him as praying there. Yes, I relied on their story, since I wasn’t there. Yes, it turned out to be incorrect according to the Vatican. The story you posted published after the one I posted, so I consider the Vatican spokesmans purposeful mention that the Pope didnt pray there as a correction of an existing impression held by at least one significant news source.
Is God all-knowing? If so, then he heard the “prayers” but did not answer them. Just as he heard the “prayers” of the Jews worshiping the golden calf.
The question at hand is not can an omnipotent God have heard a prayer, but rather who were they praying to?
What/Who do you pray to, when asking for success in terror, and suicide?
Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you asked if God heard their prayers.
Whatever the hijackers were praying to, I doubt those not present (like other hijackers or hostages) heard. But I do not doubt that God heard them!
From your article:
“AMMAN, Jordan, May 9 (UPI) —
“Pope Benedict XVI prayed Saturday at the King Hussein Mosque in the Jordanian capital Amman, Vatican officials said.”
Now here’s the true report from the same Vatican spokesman - he obviously got the question - did the Pope pray in the mosque:
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters in Amman, “It would not be precise to say the pope prayed in the mosque (today), but it would be right to say he paused in respectful meditation in a place where numerous people also pray and meditate before God.”
From OPUSFR link: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0902139.htm
All the other news outlets heard the Vatican spokesman correctly but for your UPI article. How come one might wonder. A good headline with which to beat the Pope and his flock?
No problem americanophile. I’ve been caught in the same trap myself a few times. The upside is that the UPI has egg on their face, not that they or any of them, care anymore.
Sorry, I just realized I gave you a new name by calling you OPUSFR.
“Does that make me wrong when I pray when I am in a Buddhist temple, here in Shanghai?
Does that make me wrong when I prayed at my Jewish friends wedding at his synagogue?”
No, God is everywhere, not just in a church. I am Roman Catholic and I have prayed in Protestant churches. If I was in a synagogue, I would pray there as well.