Skip to comments.Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican
Posted on 06/06/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT by ebb tide
For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peress spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel.
Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a pause in politics and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level, according to the Associated Press.
The Vatican will broadcast a live feed of the event to viewers across the world.
However, expectations for the event should be kept low, according to Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the custodian of Catholic Church property in the Holy Land.
[No-one should think] peace will suddenly break out on Monday, or that peace is any closer, AP reported him as saying.
On Friday, the Pope met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and discussed ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia the Vatican said in a statement.
Not a good precedent, even if well-meant.
Isn’t this equal to a symbolic conquering of the site of the prayers?
some will continue to defend Francis and pretend all is well
“At the Vatican” where? Not in St. Peter’s or another consecrated space, I trust.
This is totally unacceptable.
This is opening the door to evil. Or maybe it was always open?
It doesn’t matter. Wherever a Muslim is allowed to conduct a prayer, the area is considered conquered and must be fought for.
In their minds, Muslims now believe even St. Peter’s seat is theirs for the taking.
Have been saying...he has dementia....
The Pope Just Invited Islam Into The Vatican, Christians Aghast
According to a recent Times of Israel report, Islamic and Jewish representatives will join Pope Francis for an interfaith event Sunday at the Vatican. Israeli President Shimon Peres confirmed the news following a visit to his country by the Catholic leader last week.
Pope Francis invited representatives of the two faiths Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the prayer summit, which will focus on peace among the often embattled monotheistic religions.
The leaders will recite applicable passages from their respective holy books.
Peres confirmed the delegation representing Israel will include influential citizens from the Jewish, Muslim, and Druze communities. Abbas will reportedly likewise include Christians in his delegation.
Out of respect for Jewish religious culture, the gathering will not be held in a venue dedicated to prayer but in an unadorned garden at the Vatican. Viewers around the world will be able to witness the interfaith event via a live broadcast.
Marking the first time Islamic prayer will be held at the Catholic palace, many question the propriety of hosting leaders of a faith that teaches the conversion or slaughter of nonbelievers.
A sense of disbelief was evident in a series of Twitter posts Friday afternoon:
Ok, one thing in this confused world that I DO NOT GET is how the same college of cardinals that gave us Benedict have give us this crazy man.
I’m done with Pope Francis.
This is NUTS!!!
Isn’t it wonderful that we’re all getting along now?
The Pope is not a leader, he only mirrors most of the rest of Catholicism.
Let’s see how receptive Francis and his enablers are to Islam when its adherents spill blood in the Vatican. At the very least, expect Abbas and his escorts to carefully monitor the ventilation system.
Yuck! His Holiness should read the Koran all about subjugation g or killing Christians , Jews, other innocent people. Respectfully, this is ungood. There is nothing equivalent or holy at all about Islam in particular. It is uniquely hostile to us and just about everyone else on rock Three. The Church should not be seen as affording it any legitimacy or respect. A Confusing signal to the Christian faithful.
This will of course be reciprocated with the Holy Father reciting the Lord’s Prayer from atop the Kaba in Mecca....NOT!
It’s why it should have been alarming when Bergdahl’s father gave that Islamic prayer at the White House. He, symbolically, gave the entire United States to the Muslims and it’s what they will eventually get around to fighting for.
So, when will Christians and Jews be saying prayers and reading from their sacred books in Mecca and Medina?
Read the comments. There are quite a few Roman Catholics, errr, well PROTESTING!
According to the Quaran, that consecrated the Vatican to Islam.
Do we have an anti-Pope or just a fool as Pope?
Time will tell.
What we have is the Pope for the ends time, that’s what we got.
No worries. It's all the fault of the translation and the cherry-picking media. If you read his comments in the original language and in context, it all makes sense.
I know that the twitter account has appeared in posts. I looked at Vatican.va for a feedback spot and did not find it.
One thing that the Roman Empire was always hard at work with: propaganda.
When you the Abomination that brings Desolation in the Temple of the Lord, flee.
Doing this makes the church (in muslim eyes) a mosque. Never to go back.
Is the Pope mad, or just evil?
Notice it is Peres and NOT Bibi that is present at this unholy event. Peres never hesitates to sell Israel up the river! There will be NO peace until Jesus comes.
This shouldn’t be surprising to anybody who has done a good study on Biblical Eschatology.
In the last days, you will only be dependent on your relationship with God. All those institutions that you could once rely on for support for your faith will have turned away from God and will be used against the faithful and that includes the RC church.
The Pope is a liberal. Liberals across the world have long worked to rule.
I have long believed that all the things we see are designed to disspirit us all to the point of saying to hell with everything and just letting them win.
I say this with total honesty. It will not surprise me if this idiot comes out and accepts homosexuals openly, accepts abortion, accepts euthanasia and then tells the world that Jesus was just a metaphor.
I think that is a bride too far. I try to support the Pope but holding prayers at the Vatican is not going to do anything for the Fakestinian problem.
As a Catholic I am outraged!!
Islam is evil and as far as I’m concerned he’s legitimizing it. And broadcast over the world? I’m furious!!
Dumb stupid ignorant idea.
When the bearded savages start saying Christian and Jewish prayers, THEN peace may be on the way.
Right now, they are laughing in their dirty beards as the Pope makes a fool of himself.
**According to the Quaran, that consecrated the Vatican to Islam.**
Anyone have a Koran quote on this?
Bishop Sheen in the fifties did say that Rome and Mecca would be united by their common worship of Mary.
Then he is not a Christian.
I just looked at the source of your post. Do you really believe this coming from Arabia?
Of course it would be biased.
Muslim prayers anywhere in the Vatican is just beyond foolish.
Pope Francis must be nuts.
Muslim prayers anywhere in the Vatican is just beyond foolish.
Pope Francis must be nuts.
You and me both. Pope Loose Cannon has jumped the shark.
This goes WAAAYYYYY beyond `must make nice with muzzies so maybe they won’t persecute Christians’ rationalizing.
I wonder if His Holiness is aware of muzzies’ “once we pray in it, we own it” teaching?
Lord, I miss the last pope.
“In the last days, you will be dependent solely on your relationship with God.”
Agreed. Got my Bible in one hand & my .45 in the other. Some teach that if you wish to speak to God you have to go through the operator.
I believe in dialing direct.
When I was Democrat in my 20’s and a Christian without very much knowledge of the Lord (so that I lived as a lesbian) I thought “peace in the Middle East” was possible by human peace-making. Then I read all of God’s Word (and believed it) and came to know that it isn’t. And I know not to pray with unbelievers. I’m not surprised at this point, though, that the Pope would. I believe John Paul II did, too, IIRC.
I would LOVE to see some/any imam in the Vatican. WHAT a crushing blow to Islam.
In the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, which we visited in the early-mid 1980's, there is a very large and ornate holder, which, it is said, holds the head of St. John the Baptist.
From Google: Sheltered inside the mosque is the small chapel and shrine of John the Baptist (Prophet Yahia to the Muslims) where tradition holds that the head of John the baptist is buried. One legend says that when the church was demolished, his head was found underneath, complete with skin and hair. This head is believed by some to possess magical powers and continues to be the focus of the Mandaeans' annual pilgrimage, when they press their foreheads against the metal grill of the shrine and reportedly experience prophetic visions.
What I saw there was the shrine, a very large, tall, beautiful and ornate holder--of St. John's head--and a circle of a half dozen imams (or so) around the shrine. These holy men PRAY there (changing shifts, of course) 24/7 because the Muslims considered St. John a very holy man.
They have been doing that for centuries.
The last Pope is still around and available.
What in the heck is “Arabia”? Are you making stuff up?
Tilting at windmills again.