Pope to visit mosque in Amman during May Mideast tour

February 17, 2009 14:31


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Pope Benedict XVI will visit an Amman mosque during his Mideast tour in the second week of May, Jordanian Catholic church leader Father Rifat Bader said Tuesday. The pope will arrive in Jordan on May 8 as part of an eight-day tour which will include Israel and the West Bank. Father Bader, the spokesman and coordinator of the Jordanian portion of the tour, said the pontiff will visit the Hussein Bin Talal Mosque, named after Jordan's late king who died in 1999. It will be the Pope's second visit to a place of Muslim worship since he prayed at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul in 2006. Bader added that he would meet with Muslim leaders to underline "coexistence between religions." The pope will also visit biblical sites in Jordan.

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