‘I Unite Myself’: ‘Pope’ Calls Muslims ‘Brothers and Sisters’ in Message at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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‘I Unite Myself’: ‘Pope’ Calls Muslims ‘Brothers and Sisters’ in Message at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

By Heather Clark | christiannews.net

Cathedral-Speech-compressedNEW YORK — During a speech at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Thursday night, the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis offered prayers for his Muslim “brothers and sisters” on the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice following word of a deadly stampede during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

“I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters,” he began. “First, I send my greetings as they celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice [Eid al-Adha]. I would have my greeting to have been warmer. My sentiments are closeness.”

“I am close to them in the face of tragedy, the tragedy they suffered in Mecca,” Francis continued. “In this moment, I give assurances in their prayers. I unite myself with you all in prayer to Almighty God, all merciful.”

Approximately 700 people were killed yesterday and nearly 1,000 more injured during a ritual in Saudi Arabia called “stoning the devil,” during which participants throw stones at three pillars in a reenactment of Abraham’s alleged stoning of the devil to avoid temptation—according to Muslim tradition. During the ritual, the large crowds began to surge and some fell and were trampled to death.

Stampedes have occurred during the pilgrimage in years past with hundreds being killed, but Thursday’s incident is considered to be the deadliest since 1990.

Jorge Bergoglio, who was selected as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in 2013, has expressed a desire for ecumenicism toward Muslims from the beginning of his tenure, issuing greetings during Muslim holy days.

“Turning to mutual respect in inter-religious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values,” he wrote in a 2013 statement during Ramadan.

The pontiff also met with Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), later that year and visited Turkey’s Blue Mosque last November, expressing reverence during a moment of prayer observed by the nation’s grand mufti, who led him on a tour of the Islamic facility.

Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries of Plano, Texas notes that harmony with Muslims is consistent with Roman Catholic doctrine.

“The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 841, reads, ‘The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims … together with us they adore the one, merciful God,’” he told Christian News Network. “This is a blatant rejection of the teachings of Christ, who declared He is the only way to the Father. Those who do not believe Jesus is God will die in their sins.”

6 Comments on “‘I Unite Myself’: ‘Pope’ Calls Muslims ‘Brothers and Sisters’ in Message at St. Patrick’s Cathedral”

  1. Pastor Caren Faulk

    The Catholic Church is wicked there is no other way to say it. Their dogma’s and canons are full of lies and curses. The Pope is a false prophet and anyone who agrees with the Catholic Religion is either ignorant or wicked. There is no way we as Christians should be joining forces with such evil. The Muslims do not agree with the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost). They do believed that Jesus is the Son of God. Therefore, they are not my brothers or sisters, but the are infidels!!!!

    Yours in Christ

    Pastor Ca’ren Faulk ( out spoken Lady4Christ)

  2. Jack

    Both deny Christ, so they have been brothers, and will continue to be, for this reason. The different sects of Islam
    are so complex. There’s one that says you being superior, created your own inferior enslaver. The only way out, is to practice the ways of one of these inferior enslavers, who you, being superior, created. Enough to make your
    head hurt trying to grasp, but is really being taught. Christ is much easier, effective, and true.

  3. M.

    This shows how demonic the Catholic Church is, and from what I’ve heard it was the Catholic Church that started Islam. Kadijah (Muhammad’s first wife) was allegedly a catholic Nun. Islam does not worship the same God as us, they worship the moon! Just as Jesus said in John 14:6, He is the way, the truth an the life; NO ONE (and He meant NO ONE) can go to the Father except THROUGH Him, not around Him or above Him, THROUGH Him! You must accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, not accept Him as a Prophet, He is Lord, every knee shall now and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

  4. Jeanne M

    NOTHING this man does surprises me any more, nor the Catholic Church as a whole. They very rarely read, nor adhere to the Word. He (and the other Popes before him) take the Scriptures and twist them. They’re extremely worldly, and when you give Catholics the True and Living God/Jesus via Their Word, because Many don’t read the Bible, it’s “the church this, the church that”, rather than Knowing God/Jesus for themselves.
    Very sad and extremely DANGEROUS, in light of what’s ultimately coming for them, and the rest of the world too

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