Pope Hosts Interfaith ‘Peace Gathering’ Featuring Christian, Jewish, Muslim Prayers

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Pope Hosts Interfaith ‘Peace Gathering’ Featuring Christian, Jewish, Muslim Prayers

By Heather Clark | christiannews.net

Pope_Francis_in_March_2013-300x200ROME – In an effort to encourage peace in the Middle East, Pope Francis hosted the leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian worlds at the Vatican on Sunday, presenting an ecumenical gathering that joined professing Christians and Catholics together with Muslims, Jews and Druze.

Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas planted an olive tree together as a symbol of peace, and each took turns speaking about their desire for “co-existence.”

“Your invitation to us to join you in this momentous ceremony to call for peace, here in the Vatican garden, in the presence of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze leaders, graciously reflects your vision of the aspiration we all share: Peace,” said Peres to the pope.

An ensemble of Jews, Muslims and professing Christians played classical music for the trio, and during the ceremony, there was a time of interfaith prayer, as various religions were represented through prayers for peace. The Times of Israel also reports that the event included “readings about peace by the clergy from the Tanach, the New Testament and the Quran.”

“We have heard a summons, and we must respond. It is the summons to break the spiral of hatred and violence, and to break it by one word alone: the word ‘brother’,” Pope Francis declared to those gathered.

Pope Francis had invited Peres and Abbas to join him at the Vatican last month during his visit to the Holy Land. Sunday’s event was held in the Vatican gardens.

“The spiritual leader of the Druze faith in Israel Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, and the Chairman of the Muslim Community of Israel Sheikh Mohammad Kiwan will join Rabbis Dr. Rasson Arussi of the Chief Rabbinate Council, Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber and Rabbi David Rosen of AJC and advisor to the Chief Rabbinate,” reported the Vatican Insider prior to the meeting.

“The Palestinian delegation will also be composed of … Islamic and Christian leaders including the former Minister for Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al Habbash; Sheikh Jamal abu Alhanoud of the Palestinian Sharia Courts; the Minister for Christian Relations Ziad Al-Bandak, the head of the peace negotiations team Saib Arekat and the former Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah,” it outlined.

Some have defended the interfaith event while others have expressed concern.

“When leaders of different religions come together and pray for a common cause, they are not only appealing to God, they also are showing the world they believe that followers of different religions are still brothers and sisters before the one who created them,” wrote Catholic News writer Cindy Wooden.

“The distinction between praying together and praying at the same time is one Vatican officials have found increasingly necessary to emphasize as popes have led more and more interfaith gatherings for peace,” she said.

As previously reported, megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen met with the pope this past Thursday at the Vatican, and praised his desire to be accommodating. Osteen speaks to a 43,000 member congregation each week, and his television broadcast is viewed worldwide.

“I love the fact that’s he’s made the Church more inclusive,” he said. “Not trying to make it smaller, but to try to make it larger—to take everybody in. So, that just resonates with me.”

Others have objected to the pope’s ecumenism, speaking more along the lines of Ezekiel 13:10, which states, “[T]hey have seduced my people, saying, ‘Peace, and there was no peace.’”

“Some theorize that Pope Francis is part of the globalist movement and looking to usher in the age of One World Religion,” noted Dean Garrison of DC Clothesline. “Whether or not that is the case, one has to wonder how the families of those Christians who have been slaughtered in the name of Islam feel about this.”

“From my perspective this is akin to inviting a family of cannibals to dinner,” he stated. “You can offer them the most wonderfully prepared meal ever but chances are very good that you will still be the main course. This pope is playing some very dangerous games …”

5 Comments on “Pope Hosts Interfaith ‘Peace Gathering’ Featuring Christian, Jewish, Muslim Prayers”

  1. Bro Mahoney

    The national sunday law is so close. Israel has already passed a bill for it there. Many worship this beast power not even realizing it. Romans 6:16-17 immortality of the soul, no victory over sin, fallen angels procreated with humans, engraven images, IHS is “In His Service” when its really “Isis, Horace and Seb (it’s a “backronym”) and many other false doctrines of Rome..

  2. Sonya

    Dear Lord..

    I can’t believe this is unveiling at this hour. My heart skipped a beat as I read this and yesterday’s article. How can this be? I know it’s prophesied of in our bible but I am overwhelmed that I am witnessing this disintegration of Gods holy word! Thank God for Exministries and other endtime prophecy scholars that study politics and religion in a effort to bring clarity to the body of Christ. I am also saddened that many of local Congregations and those abroad isn’t aware of these important happenings. I am at a point that I can’t sleep thinking about the times we are living in. This drives me to want to know and share more with others. I wish Christians would wake up.. Lord open the eyes of those that say they are yours. Fill them with your spirit so that they can hear your voice and hear what the spirit is saying to the church..

  3. BelovedJojo

    They dress the wound of my people
    as though it were not serious.
    ‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
    when there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14

  4. Lilie

    Sis Sonya,
    I totally agree with your prayer. I too am marveled at how all this is going on…in OUR time. And how so many people are not even slightly concerned. The church, needs to pray for one another, We need To have discernment and understanding, and courage for the days to come. I highly recommend you watch Evang. Anita Fuentes , and pastor Paul Begley on YouTube. They bring consistent news, that has to do with the bible and prophecies that are being fulfilled daily. May God bless you.

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