Pope Francis: The UAE is a ‘Homeland of Tolerance’

Mario Alexis Portella

Mario Alexis Portella is a priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy. He has a doctorate in canon law and civil law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, a Master of Arts in medieval history from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics from St. John’s University. He is the author of the recently published book “Islam: Religion of Peace? - The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up” and he is a columnist for the monthly online journal Il Mantello della Giustizia.

8 Responses

  1. While I concur that it was a ago thing for the pope to say a public mass in the Arabian Peninsula, he indirectly, by not tackling on the human rights abuses, indirectly, to say the least, gave the Islamic body politic to continue their Islamic destruction of society.

  2. Passive observer says:

    It is agreed that Allah is not the god of the Bible and the Pope should have pointed out this erroneous comparison. It is true that UAE has joined with Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen. Pope Francis should have condemned UAE, in no uncertain terms, for human rights violations and kept himself safe in Vatican, like Pope Benedict who made negative remarks about Islam and thus alienated by Muslims. It should be noted that if a Pope has to condemn the atrocities and human rights violations made in the name of Islam, there will never ever can be a dialog with Muslims until the end of the world. It is not the business of the pope to showcase the evils of Islam. His business is to promote love, peace and the gentleness of Jesus.
    What concerns me is that Pope Francis made a Historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula and celebrated the Mass in public at a stadium before the crowd of 170,000. This is a great opportunity for the millions of Muslims around the world to watch and know for the first time what a Christian worship is; how gentle Jesus is.
    Apart from the celebration of Mass, Pope Francis participated in the “International Interfaith Meeting on Human fraternity” and spoke to the UAE’s ruling body as well as representatives of other Islamic governments.
    Those who wish to see Pope’s visit to UAE and the Mass can see at the following link
    Pope Francis – Abu Dhabi – Holy Mass 2019-02-05

  3. Walter Sieruk says:

    Some of the total falsehoods and lying Islamic propagandists, that even pope Francis, takes part in is the false claim that the god of Islam is the same god as the God of the Bible

    For the God of the Bible is not really Allah the god of Islam. To explain, through the passing of time it has become widely accepted that the word “Allah” is just the Arabic word for God. This started when truth compromising Bible “translators” substituted the word Allah where the word God should have had been uses in the Arabic translation of the Bible. Furthermore, in the glossary in the book ASSASSINS! By Dr. Haha Lung it defines Allah as the “Pre-Islamic Lunar god : the god of Islam. “ Likewise, in the book entitled INSIDE ISLAM by a former Muslim who is now a Christian, Reza F. Safa on pages 22, 23 it reads “In pre-Islamic times both Allah –worship and Baal-worship involved the worship of the sun, the moon and the stars which h defines them as astral religions. [Which are condemned in the Bible, Second Kings 23:5] The crescent moon, which was the symbol of moon worship, is also the symbol of Islam.” In conclusion the Islamic god, Allah, is not the God of the Bible.

    The words in brackets are my own. In addition other some other books that expose this little known truths are WHO IS THIS ALLAH ? by G..J.O.. Moshay also UNVEILING ISLAM by Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner and THE ISLAMIC INVASION by Robert Morey . There is also PHILISTINE by Ramon Bennett and ANSWERING JIHAD by Mabeel Qureshi

  4. The folly and error of pope Francis must have no limit. With all the information the pope has access to he should know better. For him there is no excuse for the ignorant things he says and does. Shame on him.

    There are a number of apologists for Islam, some are imams and mullahs and strangely enough, even some so called “Christian” leaders, as pope Francis, who have made the outstanding claim that Christians and Muslim both believe in and worship the same God. So it stands to reason that it’s important to know if this claims valid and true or invalid and false. The facts are that the god of Islam or the Muslims is a single being. In great contrast the God of Christianity, of the Christians consists as the Trinity. By the Trinity it means that “Within the essence of the one True God there are Three Persons. Being God the Father. God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Not three gods in one But Three Distinct Persons in One God. Being the Tri-Personal Nature of God, Matthew 3:13-17. Second Corinthians 13:14. . The Bible teaches, the Father is God, Galatians 1:1.The Son is God, First John 5:20. The Holy Spirit is God, Acts 5:3,4. Not three gods but the one and only Triune God.

    As further explained in the Christian book MAJOR BIBLE THEMES by Lewis Sperry Chafer on page 39 which informs the readers that “Many believe that the doctrine of the Trinity in implicit in the use of the word Elohim, as the name of God which is in a plural form and seems to refer to the Triune God. “ Likewise, in the Christian magazine PERHAPS TODAY November/December 2013 on page 8 it reads about Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God [this is the plural noun Elohim, meaning ‘more than one’] created the heaven and the earth.” Furthermore, a bit of a view of the inner workings of the Trinity together may be seen in that the God the Father raised Jesus from the dead. Romans 10:9,10. Jesus raised Himself from the dead, John 2:19,20. The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, Romans 8:11.The inner-workings of the Trinity of God may also be seen in the fact that the Father sanctifies, First Thessalonians 5:23. The Son sanctifies, Ephesians 5:26. Hebrews 2:11; 9:12,14;13:12.The Holy Spirit sanctifies ,Romans 15:16. Second Thessalonians 2:13. Getting back to the Bible book of Genesis. In Genesis 1:26 in reads “The God said let US make man in Our image , according to our likeness…” The words are the plural “Us” and “Our.” As in “We the Trinity” For the very next verse, 27, it further reads “So God created man in His own image…” In verse 26 it’s the plural “Us” and “Our” to the singular “His” That is Three Persons in One God. In addition, in the New Testament in Matthew 28:19 It further reads the Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the the Son and the Holy Spirit.” [N.K.J.V] That is “name” not “names.”

    In conclusion the many apologists and propagandists for Islam for Islam who make the claim that Christians and Muslims believe in and worship the same God are make an untrue and outright false claim. For the God of Christianity, Christians and the Bible is not the god of Islam Muslims and the Koran.

    There is the Christian site http://www.answering-islam.org

  5. Jews actually feel insulted when Islam is associated as an Abrahamic religion since they claim their inheritance from Isaac, not Ishmael as Muslims do. In any case, the Interreligious dialogue is both pretentious and fruitless, to say the least.

  6. ECAW's blog says:

    More seriously, on the surface it appears that el-Tayeb has some justification for his statement “Al Azhar cannot accuse any [Muslim] of being a kafir [infidel] as long as he believes in Allah and the Last Day”.

    Takfir is a serious business for Muslims (unlike for our wilfully clueless politicians who cheerfully practise it when they tell us ISIS have nothing to do with Islam). The Al-Azhar certified manual of sharia, the Reliance of the Traveller, declares that “to accuse a Muslim of unbelief incorrectly” is apostasy itself (section o8.7(11).

    On the other hand a modern commentator (included in the manual) tells us that “idol worshippers and followers of cults which have appeared since Islam” such as Sikhs, Baha’is, Mormons, Qadiani [ie Ahmadis] do not qualify as People of the Book” (section o11.2).

    Since Ahmadis definitely “believe in Allah and the Last Day” it would be interesting to know what el-Tayeb’s attitude to the them is.

    Also, I’m sure I read somewhere that he has found it possible to pronounce takfir on opponents of his within Al-Azhar but I cannot provide a source. Perhaps someone else here knows about that.

  7. Nishu says:

    Well, Abrahamic religions stick together.

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