Friday, September 25, 2015
Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio)
Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio)
Muslim leaders in Buenos Aires welcomed the news of Bergoglio's election as pope, noting that he "always showed himself as a friend of the Islamic community", and a person whose position is "pro-dialogue". They praised Bergoglio's close ties with Muslim groups and noted his comments when Pope Benedict's 2006 Regensburg lecture was interpreted by many as denigrating Islam. According to them, Bergoglio immediately distanced himself from Benedict's language and said that statements which provoke outrage with Muslims "will serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last 20 years."
Bergoglio visited both a mosque and an Islamic school in Argentina; visits that the Director for the Diffusion of Islam, Sheik Mohsen Ali, called actions that strengthened the relationship between the Catholic and Islamic communities. Dr. Sumer Noufouri, Secretary General of the Islamic Center of the Argentine Republic (CIRA), added that Bergoglio's past actions make his election as pope provide Muslims a cause of "joy and expectation of strengthening dialogue between religions". Noufouri said that the relationship between CIRA and Bergoglio over the course of a decade had helped to build up Christian–Muslim dialogue in a way that was "really significant in the history of monotheistic relations in Argentina".
Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar and president of Egypt's Al-Azhar University, sent congratulations after the pope's election. Al-Tayeb had "broken off relations with the Vatican" during Benedict XVI's time as pope; his message of congratulations also included the request that "Islam asks for respect from the new pontiff".
Shortly after his election, in a meeting with ambassadors from the 180 countries accredited with the Holy See, Pope Francis called for more interreligious dialogue—"particularly with Islam". He also expressed gratitude that "so many civil and religious leaders from the Islamic world" had attended his installation Mass. An editorial in the Saudi Arabian paper Saudi Gazette strongly welcomed the pope's call for increased interfaith dialogue, stressing that while the pope was "reiterating a position he has always maintained", his public call as pope for increased dialogue with Islam "comes as a breath of fresh air at a time when much of the Western world is experiencing a nasty outbreak of Islamophobia".
Alwaleed bin Talal is the Saudi Arabia prince, the founder of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, and a stockholder in News Corp.
Note: Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation was a funder for the Islamic Development Bank, and the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.
Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow is a sponsor for the Cordoba Initiative, and the American Society for Muslim Advancement.
Feisal Abdul Rauf is the founder & chairman for the Cordoba Initiative, a developer for Park51, a co-founder for the American Society for Muslim Advancement, and married to Daisy Khan.
Park51 (originally named Cordoba House) was a planned 13-story Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan. The majority of the center was set aside for the general public to promote interfaith dialogue. Plans for the center included a Muslim prayer space which, due to its location two blocks from the World Trade Center site, has controversially been referred to as the "Ground Zero mosque", though numerous commentators disputed that characterization. As of August 2014, the owner proposes to build a three-story museum instead of the original 13-story center.
Park51 would have replaced an existing 1850s building of Italianate style that was damaged in the September 11 attacks. The design included a 500-seat auditorium, theater, a performing arts center, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a childcare area, a bookstore, a culinary school, an art studio, a food court, and a memorial to the victims of the September 11 attacks. It included a prayer space for the Muslim community to accommodate 1,000–2,000 people.[6
Daisy Khan is married to Feisal Abdul Rauf, a developer for Park51, an executive director for the American Society for Muslim Advancement, and was a director at the White House Project.
Gara LaMarche was a director at the White House Project, a VP & director of U.S. programs for the Open Society Foundations, and an associate director at the Human Rights Watch.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Human Rights Watch, the Catholic Relief Services, and the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank).
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a benefactor for the Human Rights Watch.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Human Rights Watch.
Kenneth F. Hackett was the president of the Catholic Relief Services, and is a U.S. ambassador for the Holy See.
John J. Studzinski is a director at the Human Rights Watch, a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and a papal knighthood knight.
K. Rupert Murdoch is a papal knighthood knight, and the chairman for News Corp.
Alwaleed bin Talal is a stockholder in News Corp, the founder of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, and the Saudi Arabia prince.
papal knighthood is an honor conferred by pope from the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis I is the pope for the Roman Catholic Church.
Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) is the pope emeritus for the Roman Catholic Church, and was a member of Hitlers Youth.
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Francis E. George was a cardinal for the Roman Catholic Church, an archbishop for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Newton N. Minow is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP, and a parishioner at the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago).
Trumpeter Newsmagazine is a publication for the Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago).
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