Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Jordan‘s largest mosque on the second day of his visit to the Middle East. The pontiff will pray inside the King Hussein Mosque in the capital, Amman, before addressing local Muslim leaders.
He began the day with a visit to Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Analysts say the Pope is keen to mend relations with the Islamic world. Many Muslims took offence to a speech he made in 2006. The Pope’s eight-day tour – his first to the region as pontiff – will take him to Israel and the West Bank. As he arrived in Amman on Friday he described himself as a “pilgrim of peace” and stressed his “deep respect” for Islam.
The problem has never been with the Pope’s respect for Islam but with Islam’s respect to the Pope!
Pope Benedict XVI has visited Ground Zero in New York, the scene of the 11 September 2001 attacks on Twin Towers, at the end of a six-day tour of the US.
He greeted survivors, fire and police workers, and relatives of some of the 2,749 people who died there. He also offered prayers for rescuers, victims, as well as “those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred”.
The Pope will later celebrate Mass at New York’s Yankees stadium before flying home. It will be the conclusion to what observers say has been a successful trip.
They should think seriously of building a cathedral there if anything else
The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has told the UN in New York that member states should solve the world’s crises together.
Benedict XVI, the third pope to address the UN, said the world was still subject to “the decisions of a few”, without naming countries. He urged states to protect their people from “grave and sustained” human rights abuses or face outside intervention.
The Pope later visited a synagogue as part of his six-day US tour. Pope Benedict visited Park East synagogue, just hours before the start of the Jewish Passover, becoming the first leader of the Roman Catholic church to visit a Jewish place of worship in the US.
His agenda in New York, his last stop before returning to Rome, also includes visiting Ground Zero and celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium.
Pity his says that in the country that became an example of exactly the opposite!
Pope Benedict XVI has criticized US bishops for their handling of child sex scandals, saying their response to the crisis had sometimes been very poor.
He laid part of the blame for the crisis, of which he feels “deeply ashamed”, on a breakdown in US values. On his first official US visit, the Pope said he hoped the “time of trial” would help start a Church purification.
On Thursday, the German Pontiff is due to celebrate Mass for 45,000 people at a new Washington baseball stadium. On Wednesday morning, thousands of guests welcomed the Pope, who was 81 on Wednesday, to his first White House meeting with President George W Bush.
What’s the matter; he feels that he has paid too much? I mean with all these cases involving catholic priests it seems like the American bishop is Michael Jackson and the catholic cathedral inside the Neverland!!!
Pope Benedict XVI has received an unprecedented presidential greeting from George W Bush after arriving for his first official visit to the US.
Mr. Bush and his wife Laura were waiting on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base when the Pontiff’s plane touched down. During his six-day visit, the head of the Catholic Church will address the UN and lead prayers at Ground Zero.
Before arriving the Pope told reporters on board his plane that he was “deeply ashamed” of sexual abuse by US clergy. Pope Benedict, who was elected three years ago, vowed to work against a recurrence of the crisis, which tarnished the Church’s reputation, saying “we will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry”.
In recent years, the US Catholic Church, which has around 65 million followers, has paid $2bn (£1bn) to settle clergy sexual abuse cases. The damage limitation over past scandals is not the main purpose of the Pontiff’s first trip to the US though.
So this is it, the Pope is not going to talk about Iraq and George W. Bush will avoid …children! What a …blessing!