As part of Pope Francis 2 day trip to Cario in Egypt the pope has attended a peace conference at Al-Azhar University where Pope francis embraced Muslims imams and made a speech about the importance peace. In his speech he said “Let us say once more a firm and clear ‘No!’ to every form of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out in the name of religion or in the name of God,” to a crowd attending the conference.
Before Pope Francis made his speech he greeted and embraced grand imam Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb and called him “my brother.” before addressing the crowd in ARABIC with “As-Salaam Alaikum,” which translate as “Peace be upon you,”.
In his speech the pope talked about how we should end poverty to stop people from killing each other
“In order to prevent conflicts and build peace, it is essential that we spare no effort in eliminating situations of poverty and exploitation where extremism more easily takes root, and in blocking the flow of money and weapons destined to those who provoke violence,”
He even had a sly dig at populism which is currently sweeping Europe by denouncing “demagogic forms of populism.”
Pop Francis trip to Egypt comes just 3 weeks after a Islamic terrorist attack at 2 Coptic Christian churches in Egypt which killed 45 INNOCENT people on palm Sunday.
Whilst many see pope Francis trip as building peace between Muslims and Christians many critics of the pope have said that this trip is nothing more than passive weak platitude in the face of an evil religion that is persecuting Christians anywhere and everywhere that they can. Instead some say that the Pope should be trying to convert the imams rather than cosying up to them.
As part of the popes trip he will meet with the leader of the Coptic church and will pray with him at the Coptic cathedral that was also bombed by Muslim terrorists in December.
This is not the first time that Pope francis has cosy cosy with Muslims, only a couple of weeks ago the pope invited imams to the gilded halls of the Vatican where they made speeches and talked about Islam.