CAIRO (AP) – Pope Francis urged Egypt’s main imams on Friday to show their college students to reject violence in God’s identify and preach messages of peace and tolerance as an alternative, forging forward with a fragile go to to the Arab world’s most populous nation following a spate of lethal Islamic militant assaults towards Christians.
Francis arrived to a subdued welcome and a heavy police presence at Cairo’s worldwide airport. However he disregarded safety considerations by driving into city together with his home windows rolled down in a easy blue Fiat – not the armored “popemobiles” of his predecessors.
Francis’ first occasion was a landmark go to to Cairo’s Al Azhar college, the revered, 1,000-yr-previous seat of Sunni Islam studying that trains clerics and students from around the globe.
There, he warmly embraced Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Al-Azhar’s grand imam who hosted the pope and different senior Muslim and Christian leaders at a peace convention.
Chatting with the gang, Francis recalled that Egypt’s historic civilizations valued the search for information and open-minded schooling, and that a comparable dedication is required immediately to fight the “barbarity” of spiritual extremism among the many younger.
Whereas Al-Azhar has strongly condemned Islamic fundamentalism, Egypt’s professional-authorities media has accused its management of failing to do sufficient to reform the spiritual discourse in Islam and purge canonical books from outdated teachings and hatred for non-Muslims.
“As spiritual leaders, we’re referred to as to unmask violence that masquerades as purported sanctity,” Francis stated to applause from the gang. “Allow us to say as soon as extra a agency and clear ‘No’ to each type of violence, vengeance and hatred carried out within the identify of faith or within the identify of God.”
“To counter successfully the barbarity of those that foment hatred with violence, we have to accompany younger individuals, serving to them on the trail to maturity and educating them to answer the incendiary logic of evil by patiently working for the expansion of goodness,” he stated.
El-Tayeb thanked Francis for what he referred to as his “truthful” feedback towards costs of terror and violence leveled towards Muslims and Islam.
“We have to cleanse religions from improper notions, false piety and fraudulent implementations which stoke conflicts and incite hatred…