Pope Francis vs. St. Francis of Assisi
Contrast: Francis at the Blue Mosque, Francis of Assisi before the Sultan
By John Vennari
Pope Francis has “dared to do what none of his predecessors had ever done,” Le Figero’s Jean-Marie Guénois rejoiced, “to pray openly, side-by-side with a Muslim dignitary”.
The event took place at the Blue Mosque on November 29, the second day of Francis’ visit to Istanbul.
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI – the ever-zealous advocate of Conciliar ecumenism – visited the Mosque but supposedly remained in contemplation. This gave rise to speculation as to whether or not the Pontiff actually prayed in the Mosque, and also gave rise to scandal.
Francis, according to Guénois, removed any hint of ambiguity. The Pontiff “bowed his head for long time while deeply closing his eyes from two to three minutes…
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