Pope Francis Says 99% Of Vatican Opposed Palestine-Israel Prayer Meeting

Epigraph:

Say, ‘O People of the Book! come to a word equal between us and you — that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate no partner with Him, and that some of us take not others for Lords beside Allah.’ But if they turn away, then say, ‘Bear witness that we have submitted to God.’ (Al Quran 3:65)

Pope Francis (L) arrives with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas (C) and Israeli President Shimon Peres (3rdL) for a joint peace prayer on June 8, 2014 in the gardens of the Vatican.

Pope Francis (L) arrives with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas (C) and Israeli President Shimon Peres (3rdL) for a joint peace prayer on June 8, 2014 in the gardens of the Vatican.

Source: The Huffington Post

 | By Nicole Winfield

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Almost all Vatican officials initially opposed Pope Francis’ idea of bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together for a prayer summit, he said in an interview published Friday.

However, they eventually warmed up to the idea.

Francis hosted Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas on the lawn of the Vatican gardens on June 8 for an evening of Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers, weeks after the latest round of U.S.-sponsored peace talks collapsed. The meeting wasn’t aimed at restarting talks, but merely to serve as a symbol of mutual coexistence and respect.

In an interview with the Barcelona newspaper “La Vanguardia,” Francis acknowledged the idea was completely novel and wasn’t easy to pull off. But he said he had one aim: “to open a window to the world.”

“Here in the Vatican, 99 percent said we shouldn’t do it, and then later the 1 percent started growing,” he said.

Francis, whose friendship with Jews is well-known, appeared to defend World War II-era Pope Pius XII, accused by some Jews of not speaking out enough against the Holocaust. He noted that Pius sheltered Jews and said even the Allied powers had some explaining to do.

“They knew perfectly well the Nazis’ rail network used to bring Jews to concentration camps. They had the photos. Why didn’t they bomb the tracks?” he asked. “It’d be good that we discuss everything” and not just Pius’ actions.

On current events, Francis said he was concerned about recent secessionist movements in Scotland, Barcelona and Italy’s Padania region. He suggested that the secession that occurred in the former Yugoslavia was understandable since “there are places with cultures that are so different that you can’t keep them together even with glue.”

“The Yugoslav case was very clear, but I ask myself if it’s so clear in other cases,” he said. “You have to study it case by case.”

Asked why he even dared to enter into the Mideast “hurricane,” Francis quipped that the true hurricane came when he visited Brazil last year and was mobbed by millions of well-wishers because he refused the bullet-proof popemobile.

“I couldn’t greet people and tell them I love them from inside a sardine can, even if it was crystal!” he said.

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2 replies

  1. Zia Shah, you could have just quoted “Bear witness that we have submitted to God” Sura 3:65 and made your point in the epigraph. Instead you had to go the whole hog and quote the whole verse, making a jibe at the Christian belief of the Trinity as you went along.

  2. Do we have 3 in 1 God in Bible???

    What is trinity???
    Father is God, Son is God and Holy ghost is God….??
    All are Equal God???
    Don’t you see ? The definition of the Trinity changes it never stays the same

    Numbers 23:19) “God is not a man that He should be deceitful, nor a son of man that He should relent.
    The answer must be NO!!! God does not lie.
    God does not lie & God is not human , so if Jesus is God in the flesh is he a liar?
    Jesus never claimed to be God in the flesh & if he is God & equal 1/3rd God, why did he lie by stating the Father is greater & he could do nothing his Father taught him ?
    So God is not human , then why is Jesus God in human form ?

    Trinitarians may try to rationalize Jesus’ words at John 14:28 and these other Scriptures by saying that he said these things while he was a man on earth. But EVEN WHEN JESUS IS IN HEAVEN, the Bible says that “the head of the Christ is God” in the same way that “the head of every man is the Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:3)

    Isaiah 40:25) “To whom can you liken me that I should be his equal?”

    Isaiah 43:11) “I, only I, am God and there is no deliverer aside from me”

    Isaiah 45:5) “I am God and there is no other; other than me there is no God.”

    Isaiah 45:21) There is no other god besides Me: there is no righteous god besides Me and no savior other than Me.

    Isaiah 45:22) Turn to Me and be saved all ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other.

    so where god said that
    God has split personalities as A humans, the humans father, and a ghost???
    Conclusion….
    God has never changed any of his laws….

    Note: Please clean question and Answers only…..

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