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Pope Francis Bows to Jordan's Muslim Queen, Breaks Protocol
Christian Post ^ | 09/04/2013 | Anugrah Kumar

Posted on 09/04/2013 7:53:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Pope Francis bowed before Queen Rania of Jordon, who was visiting the Vatican with her husband, King Abdullah II, breaking once again with protocol that requires visitors to bow to him when they see him at the Holy See.

"Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope's shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became pope and is not interested in protocol," U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph quoted a senior Vatican official as saying.

The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide bowed to Queen Rania, who has been vocal about the importance of cross cultural and interfaith dialogue, on Thursday. Francis apparently did not bow toward her husband, the king, Daily Mail noted.

Pope Francis has shown he cares little about tradition or protocol.

A few months ago, he caused a ripple through the Catholic faithful by washing the feet of a woman – a Serbian Muslim inmate at a prison in Rome – a day before Good Friday.

At the end of the month-long Ramadan fast of Muslims, Francis personally wrote a message to Muslims, urging their leaders to promote mutual respect. "This year, the first of my Pontificate, I have decided to sign this traditional message myself and to send it to you, dear friends, as an expression of esteem and friendship for all Muslims, especially those who are religious leaders," the pope wrote in the letter, addressed to "Muslims throughout the World."

While such greetings are normally sent by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Francis chose to send the message personally.

The pope, who is also head of state at the Vatican, is known for being informal and humble.

In March, the pontiff reportedly kissed Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. "Never in my life has a pope kissed me!" she told the media after she became the first foreign head of state to meet with the new pope.

In July, Brazil's first female president, Dilma Vana Rousseff kissed the pope on both cheeks during his visit to that country.

The pope has said he wants to reform the Catholic Church and bring it back to its original mission.

Soon after his election in March, the pope appointed a group of eight cardinals to help him bring changes in the Church's administration, which has been plagued with scandals especially during the eight-year reign of Pope Benedict.

Francis has told the cardinals that the Church must not become just another charitable group without its divine mission, urging they must stick to the faith's Gospel roots and shun modern temptations. When he addressed the media for the first time, the pope reminded Catholics that Jesus, not the pope, is at the center of the Church, which he said should be "poor, and for the poor."

After his election, the pope took the name of Francis, the most severe critic of the papacy before Martin Luther.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: catholic; jordan; popefrancis

1 posted on 09/04/2013 7:53:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The Pope is as clueless and Barack Obama.


2 posted on 09/04/2013 7:56:03 AM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

Jesus bows to Caesar.


3 posted on 09/04/2013 7:57:10 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: SeekAndFind

More decline thanks to yet another failed successor to St. Peter subsequent to Vatican II.

We might see Francis traveling abroad looking at bare-breasted Polynesian dancing girls ala John Paul!

Jesus wept!


4 posted on 09/04/2013 7:58:29 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

People, he made a mistake. Lets not tar and feather a very good man for something we all do.

It’s called being human.


5 posted on 09/04/2013 8:03:37 AM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Never in my life has a pope kissed me!" she told the media

That makes two of us.
6 posted on 09/04/2013 8:03:56 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: bunkerhill7

It was noted that the Pope didnt bow to King Abdullah II who was standing right there but to the Queen..... It probably was more to do with a gesture of respecting a lady than anything else. People are overreacting a little


7 posted on 09/04/2013 8:07:17 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: SeekAndFind

“And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.”

Acts 10:25-26


8 posted on 09/04/2013 8:07:18 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: diamond6

Most people do not understand the difference between impeccable and infallible.

I guess they need to use their dictionaries.


9 posted on 09/04/2013 8:08:13 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Bigtigermike
People are overreacting a little

Freepers overreacting.....naah, that never happens.

10 posted on 09/04/2013 8:08:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: diamond6; SeekAndFind

After reading the article, I think he may be choosing to perform a one man outreach of sorts to Muslims... My concern is that; from my understanding; such overtures are interpreted by the Middle Eastern culture, as a show of weakness : /

Please guide our course, Lord.
Tatt


11 posted on 09/04/2013 8:09:08 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: SeekAndFind

That action is disgustingly offensive.


12 posted on 09/04/2013 8:10:36 AM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Salvation

Most people do not understand the difference between impeccable and infallible.

I guess they need to use their dictionaries.

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Paying a little more attention to building their own virtue of charity wouldn’t hurt either. ;-)


13 posted on 09/04/2013 8:12:54 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: bunkerhill7; Mrs. Don-o

Grr. Jesus isn’t “bowing to Caesar.” The servant of Jesus is “honoring the king” (or in this case, queen). It’s not a salute to Islam, it’s a respect to the temporal head of an actual country. And if there is a queen, it has to be a pretty liberal form of Islam anyhow.

What we have here, folks, is a pope that is not letting the office go to his head! An actual servant! This could be a sea change for the Roman Catholic church, perhaps the most evangelical pope since Peter himself.


14 posted on 09/04/2013 8:13:15 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/what-should-we-make-of-pope-francis-bowing-when-greeting-people/

Another perspective than the ‘Christian Post.’

FReegards


15 posted on 09/04/2013 8:15:40 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: svcw

16 posted on 09/04/2013 8:17:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the Pope was just leaning closer to get a better look at those “man hands”.


17 posted on 09/04/2013 8:21:22 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is pretty liberal conduct on her part, in the context of Islam. Liberal isn’t ALWAYS a bad thing. Depends on context.


18 posted on 09/04/2013 8:21:50 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

he bowed to the queen not to the King who was standing right there. It appears to be a gesture towards a lady rather than worshiping Islam or being subservient to authority.


19 posted on 09/04/2013 8:23:28 AM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: SeekAndFind

Francis is a humble man and kisses a female head of state and bows to a king’s wife and washes a muslim wonman’s feet.

He should be more arrogant! That rat-bast....

Next he be calling for mercy for sinners if you can believe it.


21 posted on 09/04/2013 8:31:19 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Bigtigermike

I like this chivalrous gesture on Francis’ part. Imagine how that must look to Muslim women the world over. Perhaps they are thinking “this Pope sees that we’re human beings, we matter!” In contrast to the “men” of their religion. Probably he was merely being a gentleman, but I’d like to think the move was wonderfully subversive in a muslim context.


22 posted on 09/04/2013 8:36:31 AM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m not going to speculate on why he did this but a certain level of protocol is important. If you are a head of state, you don’t bow to anyone.


23 posted on 09/04/2013 8:46:58 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Bigtigermike

RE: he bowed to the queen not to the King who was standing right there. It appears to be a gesture towards a lady rather than worshiping Islam or being subservient to authority.

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The Queen of Jordan is quite Westernized.

Rania Al-Yassin was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Tulkarm. She attended the New English School in Jabriya, Kuwait, then received a degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. Upon her graduation from American University, she worked briefly in marketing for Citibank, followed by a job with Apple Inc. in Amman


24 posted on 09/04/2013 9:08:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Bigtigermike
If the Queen were that "traditional", would she allow portraits like these to be taken?





25 posted on 09/04/2013 9:13:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
A few months ago, he caused a ripple through the Catholic faithful by washing the feet of a woman – a Serbian Muslim inmate at a prison in Rome – a day before Good Friday.

I like this guy.

26 posted on 09/04/2013 9:32:14 AM PDT by marron
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To: Bigtigermike

I agree. He was merely showing a Gentleman’s respect to a Lady. He bows, our cowboys tip their hats. Same intent, same respect given. :)


27 posted on 09/04/2013 9:32:46 AM PDT by NCDragon ( Americans will always do the right thing, after they've exhausted all the alternatives. WC)
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To: SeekAndFind
When he addressed the media for the first time, the pope reminded Catholics that Jesus, not the pope, is at the center of the Church

Like I say, I like this guy.

28 posted on 09/04/2013 9:33:53 AM PDT by marron
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To: Bigtigermike

Good point; that makes it even more plainly a courtesy move. That’s what you would expect from the servant of a servant Christ Jesus. Occasions in the gospels where Jesus acted as respectful, even self abasing servant are plenteous. I think of how He said “Thou sayest” to answer a question of Pilate (?) in the affirmative. The man who was going to make the great (but not unforgivable) mistake of sending Him to His death. And here we are all concerned about laying down a little dignity.


29 posted on 09/04/2013 10:42:27 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: marron

This is the kind of keynote which, if continued, will help to greatly open up doors of truly respectful dialogue between the various branches of Christendom. But that is the way of Christ. To lose, is to win.


30 posted on 09/04/2013 10:44:34 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Muslim women seeing how the leader of the christian world treats women will clearly see the difference.


31 posted on 09/04/2013 10:47:13 AM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

+{{{(:o)

Papal smiley

32 posted on 09/04/2013 12:53:53 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Reconciling all things to Himself, on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Haven’t seen that one before.

I guess a Billy Graham smiley back at you... however that would look.


33 posted on 09/04/2013 5:36:56 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I just can`t wait until he bows to

Queen Margrethe II (Denmark)
Queen Elizabeth II (the United Kingdom)
Queen Beatrix (the Netherlands)

Queen Consorts:
Queen Paola (Belgium)
Queen ‘Masenate (Lesotho)
Queen Jetsun Pema (Bhutan)
Queen Sofia (Spain)
Queen Rania (Jordan)
Queen Silvia (Sweden)
Queen Sonja (Norway)
Queen Sylvia (Buganda)
Queen Sirikit (Thailand)
Empress Michiko (Japan)
Sheikha Mozah (Qatar)


34 posted on 09/04/2013 8:22:27 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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