World Bulletin / News Desk
Pope Francis on Monday visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).
The pontiff was welcomed by Prince Ghazi bin Mohamed, the Jordanian king’s personal representative and special adviser on religious matters, whose country is overseeing all Muslim and Christian religious sites in Al-Quds since the 1950s.
A host of Palestinian dignitaries, topped by Al-Quds Mufti Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, were also on hand.
The pope toured the Dome of the Rock Mosque with Prince Ghazi giving a presentation, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.
Israeli authorities prevented Muslim worshippers from performing the Fajr (dawn) prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), a few hours before the visit.