How Can Anyone Be Shocked?

“the writing has literally been on the wall in blood”

Newt Gingrich – War On Radical Islam

Long , but worth the watch —spot on ! Please set aside biases and listen then form your own opinion.

Newt Gingrich – War On Radical Islam

 

 

BBC News – Pope Francis: Muslim leaders should condemn terrorism

BBC News – Pope Francis: Muslim leaders should condemn terrorism.

Pope Francis has urged Muslim leaders around the world to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam

“Pope Francis was returning to Rome after his three-day visit to Turkey when he made his latest commentsChristians have been targeted by Muslim hardliners in Iraq and Syria in recent years, with a violent campaign of persecution by Islamic State militants this summer when they captured the Iraqi city of Mosul.In their joint declaration, the two Church leaders said: “We express our common concern for the current situation in Iraq, Syria and the whole Middle East.

“Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have been forced violently from their homes. It even seems that the value of human life has been lost, that the human person no longer matters and may be sacrificed to other interests. And, tragically, all this is met by the indifference of many.”

The pontiff and the patriarch also called for peace in Ukraine.

The violent conflict in Ukraine this year has accentuated differences between its large Orthodox and Catholic communities.

The Pope and the patriarch said: “We pray for peace in Ukraine, a country of ancient Christian tradition, while we call upon all parties involved to pursue the path of dialogue and of respect for international law in order to bring an end to the conflict and allow all Ukrainians to live in harmony.”

As his visit drew to a close, Pope Francis met Turkey’s chief rabbi, whose flock has diminished to just 17,000 people.

At the Blue Mosque on Saturday, one of the greatest masterpieces of Ottoman architecture, the Pope turned east towards Mecca, clasped his hands and paused for two minutes as the Grand Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, delivered a Muslim prayer.”

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Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence – Europe – Al Jazeera English

 

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence

Francis tells Turkish president attacks carried out in the name of Islam need condemnation from world’s Muslim leaders.

Pope Francis is the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics [Reuters]

Pope Francis has urged Muslim leaders to “clearly” condemn violent attacks carried out in the name of Islam after returning from a historic three-day visit to Turkey.

The Catholic pope made the remarks on Sunday during a press briefing on board a plane carrying him back to Rome after wrapping up a three-day visit to Turkey.

I told the president that it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders, whether they are political, religious or academic leaders, would speak out clearly and condemn this because this would help the majority of Muslim people.

– Pope Francis

Francis said he had made the suggestion of a global condemnation of terrorism by Muslim leaders in talks on Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Francis several times condemned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during his three-day trip.

“I told the president that it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders, whether they are political, religious or academic leaders, would speak out clearly and condemn this because this would help the majority of Muslim people,” he said.

Francis also said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism.

The Argentine pope, who has been trying to foster cooperation with moderate Islam in order to work for peace and protect Christians in the Middle East, said it was wrong for anyone to react to terrorism by being “enraged” against Islam.

“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them [fundamentalists]. All religions have these little groups,” he said.

“They [Muslims] say: ‘No, we are not this, the Quran is a book of peace, it is a prophetic book of peace.'”

Improved relations

On the final day of his first visit to Turkey, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics also called for an end to violence against Christians by ISIL.

In a joint statement with Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the leaders said they could not allow Christianity to be driven out of the region.

“We cannot resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians, who have professed the name of Jesus there for two thousand years.”

They said the “terrible situation” of Christians calls “for an appropriate response on the part of the international community”.

via Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn violence – Europe – Al Jazeera English.

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

It’ time for Sunday Snippets, Catholic bloggers sharing our posts.

To participate: from your blog, create a post with links to the posts from the last week that you want to share, entitle it, “Sunday Snippets – a Catholic Carnival”, link back to the Sunday Snippets post at RAnn’s site,  This, That and the Other Thing, there leave a link to your post with your week’s best.

About me, I am a wife, a mother, a Sinai Nurse. I do photography, paint, write and pray.

My Posts for the past week:

Santa’s Priority

The Peace that Passes Understanding

Song of Salvation

Hamas Covenant 1988 – Must Read for Western Intellectuals

Going Up to Jerusalem

Prayer and the Indwelling Christ

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Telling the Truth About Islam – Crisis Magazine

Via  CRISIS magazine Telling the Truth about Islam by Regis Martin