FA ME / special report
From Jordan Amman, Pope Benedict XVI started his first visit to Middle East that lasts for one week, in which includes Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank in Palestine, this visit is his first visit as a pontiff. His tour in the region started yesterday, during which he met the King Abdullah the Second, King of Jordan, and many others figures from both Christian and Muslim communities.
The aim of this visit is to repair the quickly breakable ties between the Vatican and Muslims, as well as supporting Christian minorities in the region. Furthermore, he said that this trip was a sign of hope that he could contribute to reconciliation in Middle East.
Today, during Pope’s visit to Jordan, I was tracking his steps, and watching Middle Eastern channels and their reaction to this visit, some countries express their resentment to this visit, and asked for a clear apology from the Pope for his remarks in 2006 when he had given a controversial lecture in Germany, when he quoted a conversation between Christian King and Muslim Warrior, when he said “Islam was spread via sword”, followed waves of violence in the middle east especially in Iraq that witnessed work of violence against Christians there.
In Al-Hussein Mosque in the middle heart of Amman, everyone expected an apology from the Pope for what he said back there in 2006, but there was another bomb striking from there, from inside the Mosque, where Muslim people are being preached, from the middle of tens of Muslim scholar who educate Muslim societies in middle east, the Pope calls on “Protecting Christian Community in Iraq”
He conclude his speech in the Mosque by underlining the presence of his Beatitude Patriarch of Baghdad Emmanuel III Dally then he adds “His presence brings to mind the people of neighboring Iraq many of whom have found welcome refuge here in Jordan. The international community’s efforts to promote peace and reconciliation, together with those of the local leaders, must continue in order to bear fruit in the lives of Iraqis. I wish to express my appreciation for all those who are assisting in the endeavors to deepen trust and to rebuild the institutions and infrastructure essential to the well-being of that society. And once again, I urge diplomats and the international community they represent together with local political and religious leaders to do everything possible to ensure the ancient Christian community of that noble land its fundamental right to peaceful coexistence with their fellow citizens.”
Will anyone hear these words?!